Introduction to research involving human participants

Information on the requirements for obtaining ethics approval for research involving human participants.

All staff or student projects and research that involve human participants must receive the approval of either:

1. The University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee (UAHPEC)

Or

2. A Ministry of Health accredited Health and Disability Ethics Committee (HDEC). HDECs review health and disability research. However, not all health and disability research requires review by an HDEC. To see if your research requires HDEC review, and for more information, visit Health and disability research.

Or

3. The Auckland Health Research Committee (AHREC)

Applications and documentation

It is a requirement of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) that the following documents must be forwarded to the Office of Research Strategy and Integrity (ORSI) - humanethics@auckland.ac.nz:

  • a copy of the application submitted to any other ethics committee

AND

  • the requirement letter from that ethics committee (The first letter issued to the applicant after the meeting)

FMHS applicants

Documents should be submitted to the FMHS Research office and be accompanied by the Dean’s signature sheet.

Heath and Disability Ethics Committee (HDEC) documentation

It is a requirement of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) that a copy of all applications submitted to an HDEC as well as the decision letters following an HDEC meeting be received by the Office of Research Strategy and Integrity (ORSI).

This information will be sent automatically to the Office of Research Strategy and Integrity (ORSI) from the HDECs if the following were done prior to submission of the form:

a) you have requested authorisation from the University of Auckland as a sponsor AND

b) the human ethics email has been added to the application to forward any communication related to the application to the Office of Research Strategy and Integrity (ORSI).

To see how to request authorisation and add email details to your application, visit Health and Disability Research.