Charles Sturt University is required, like all other Australian universities and research organisations, to ensure that all research involving human participants must be conducted in accordance with the National Statement on the Ethical Conduct in Human Research (National Statement).
Proposals for research, involving human participants and/or materials, require review of their ethical acceptability. Reviews are undertaken by the Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) in accordance with regular meeting schedules. Research cannot commence without approval.
The University is committed to the highest standard of integrity. The ethical conduct of researchers protects and supports the participants, the researchers and the reputation of CSU.
The HREC considers each application in accordance to the four values outlined in the National Statement:
It is the responsibility of individual researchers, including students and their supervisors, to ensure that their proposed research is ethically acceptable.
Revised National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (updated 2018).
It is the responsibility of all Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs), research offices and researchers to ensure that the National Statement is used when developing research proposals, making applications for ethics review and undertaking ethics review. This applies to all applications that are made, and reviews that occur, after the date of release of any update. As a consequence of the revisions to Section 3, CSU users of the National Statement are asked to refer to the revised version for their proposals, applications and review over the period from July to December 2018, with full implementation expected by 1 January 2019. To facilitate this transition, both the current version of the National Statement and the updated version are available from http://nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines/publications/e72 as a PDF.