Holmesglen Ethics Review Process

Holmesglen Ethics Review Panel

The Holmesglen Ethics Review Panel (HERP) will review low risk applications for ethics approval. The levels of risk reflect the ethical issues and possible risks to research participants, researcher or the Institute presented by the research project. Risk is the potential for harm, either physical, psychological, social, economic, or legal, or the potential to cause people to think they have been treated disrespectfully, and the probability that it will occur.

HERP low risk involves negligible risk or low risk ethical issues addressed by the research design.

Note: Holmesglen is informed by, and complies with, the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007.

External Ethics Approval Process

Internal Ethics Approval Process for Holmesglen staff conducting research

Internal Ethics Approval Process for Holmesglen students conducting research

There are circumstances where the Holmesglen Ethics Review Panel will be required to recognise ethics approvals provided by other Human Ethics Research Committees. Click here for more information on the external ethics approval process.  

Holmesglen Ethics Review Panel (HERP) Meeting Dates

Applications are to be received by the Panel no later than 2 weeks prior to the next scheduled Committee meeting. The HERP meeting dates are:

  • Wednesday 15 February, 2017
  • Wednesday 19 April, 2017
  • Wednesday 14 June, 2017
  • Wednesday 16 August, 2017
  • Wednesday 15 November, 2017

It is important to allow sufficient time for the review of your application as your research cannot commence until you have received ethics approval. Notification of approval/disapproval of your application could take up to 2 months.

Research projects are approved for 12 months from the date of approval, and must not commence until written approval has been received. Continued approval of a project is dependent on the submission of an Annual Report. This is determined by the date of the letter of approval.

A Final Report should be provided at the conclusion of the project. HERP should be notified if the project is discontinued before the expected date of completion.

The approval letter will include the Ethics Approval Project Number and the approval date. Approval is limited to the research proposal as submitted in the application, and any subsequent changes must also be approved via a request for amendment.