Research conducted by staff and students of the University of Auckland involving human participants (including teaching sessions, laboratories, anonymous questionnaires and research carried out as part of coursework) must receive ethics approval from one of the following ethics committees (unless an exemption applies):

  1. The University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee (UAHPEC) – if not eligible for review by an HDEC or AHREC;
  2. The Auckland Health Research Ethics Committee (AHREC) if research involves recruiting human participants or obtaining data from the Auckland District Health Board (ADHB), and also when participants are to be recruited from one or more additional DHBs;
  3. A Health and Disability Ethics Committee (HDEC) for all health and disability research in scope for HDEC review must be submitted to an HDEC for review.

UAHPEC applications must be made electronically through Infonetica Ethics RM (Ethics RM).  (Refer to 'Application Process, Approval Procedures and Online system access').

Before starting a human ethics application, the Ethics advisors in the Ethics and Integrity Team suggest that applicants work through the University of Auckland online ethics training modules and relevant sections in the Guiding Principles document and the Applicants’ Reference Manual (refer to Essential reading).

A well-prepared application submitted for ethics approval will help to move the application quicker through the Committee review to approval.