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This site provides some general details about the operation of key committees at the University, set up to comply with external, often legislative requirements associated with teaching and research.

These requirements can be significant and it is critical that staff comply with them, as the University is required by legislation to implement these Acts and other regulations, for both the safety and ethical wellbeing of staff, participants and members of the public and the general environment, and also to ensure that teaching and research is of the highest possible quality.

The Committees are:

Each of these committees is established either as a requirement of government legislation, and/or with reference to external standards and legislative requirements the University must meet. The committees have specific processes and policies in place that determine how they will approve teaching and research proposals, where applicable, and also undertake other functions such as site inspections, approval of facilities and monitoring of activity.

You can find more specific information about each committee below. The Office of Governance and Corporate Affairs manages the operation of these committees, and general enquiries about their operation can be addressed to the office in the first instance. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Development and Industry) has management oversight of the institutional responsibilites listed under the various Codes, Acts and other regulatory instruments.

More specific enquiries about the individual committees can be addressed to the Governance Officers of the committees, using the email addresses listed below:

Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) - email: ethics@csu.edu.au

The Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) is established under the requirements of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines-publications/e72), as overseen by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). You can find the terms of reference and membership of the CSU HREC in the University Policy Library.

Amongst other things, the HREC examines ethical implications of all proposed human research projects, except for those deemed to be 'low risk', which are approved by Faculty-based committees. The Faculty-based committees are monitored by the HREC, and escalate matters to the HREC where the degree of risk is deemed to be significant. The HREC reports to external regulators on its work each year.

The HREC has a website with useful information and a range of resouces at: https://www.csu.edu.au/research/ethics_safety/human

Animal Care and Ethics Committee (ACEC) - email: animalethics@csu.edu.au

The ACEC is established under the requirements of the Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes (https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines-publications/ea28), as overseen by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

The committee also assists the University to fulfil its requirements under the (NSW) Animal Research Act (1985), and to comply with requirements of similar legislation in other States, when CSU is undertaking animal research in other locations. You can find the terms of reference and membership of the committee in the University Policy Library.

Amongst a range of responsibilities, the ACEC provides oversight of activities in relation to the care and use of animals in teaching and research at CSU, and also approves proposals to undertake such work. It also audits faciliites and processes, and provides reports to various external regulatory bodies each year. The committee will also provide oversight and advice on relevant policies and procedures.

The ACEC has a website with useful information and a range of resources at: https://www.csu.edu.au/research/ethics_safety/animal

Biosafety Committee - email: biosafety@csu.edu.au

The IBC has been established to assist CSU to comply with the requirements of the Gene Technology Act (2000). Terms of reference and membership of the CSU IBC may be found in the University Policy Library.

Amongst a range of responsibilites, the IBC provides advice to the University on activities involving the use of biological and microbiological materials, including genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The IBC will also approve individual research and teaching projects using such materials, and undertake audits of facilities to ensure that they comply with the requirements of the legislation. The committee will also provide oversight of and advice on relevant policies and procedures, and produces a Biosafety Manual to assist the University in it's work in these areas.

Radiation Safety Commiittee (RSC) - email: radiationsafety@csu.edu.au

The RSC is established under the requirements of the Radiation Control Act 1990 and the Radiation Control Regulation (2013). The Committee assists CSU in complying with the requirements of these instruments, which are focused on the prevention of harm to employees, members of the public and the environment from exposure to radiation apparatus and radioactive substances. The terms of reference and membership of the RSC may be found in the University Policy Library.

Amongst a range of responsibilities, the RSC produces a Radiation Safety Manual for the use of staff and students, and registers the location and use of all radioactive substances and apparatus in the University. The committee also oversees external licensing requirements for radiation work, including the licensing of both staff and apparatus. The RSC will also monitor dose data for staff and students involved in radiation work, as required under the instruments listed above. In addition the RSC will audit facilities to ensure that they are compliant with the requirements of the regulatory instruments.

Chemical Safety Committee (CSC) - email: chemicalsafety@csu.edu.au

The CSC was established by CSU to assist in the oversight of chemical safety practices at the University. Its terms of reference and membership can be found in the University Policy Library.

The CSC helps to develop and monitor implementation of chemcial safety policies and procedures, audits facilities and practices in University facilities, maintains a register of dangerous chemicals, and receives reports of accidents and invidents, amongst a range of responsibilities. The CSC also currently manages the use of the Chemwatch chemical management database at CSU.

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The Institutional Biosafety Committee and the use of Biological Materials at CSU - Do I Need Approval?

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