HDEC website update

This update includes new user-focused guidance on how to check if your study requires HDEC review, submit an application for HDEC review, and details of the HDEC review and post-approval process.

New guides and templates have recently been added to the renamed Guides, templates and forms tab in the top bar menu.

Guides have also been added on answering the cultural questions in the application form, how to protect potentially vulnerable study participants, and how to submit an application for HDEC review of a tissue bank.

If you have any questions, feedback or suggestions, please contact the HDEC Secretariat:

How do I apply for HDEC review?

All applications to HDECs must be submitted through the Online Forms website. This site allows you to answer questions in the HDEC application form, upload documents, request electronic signatures from other parties involved in your research, and track the progress of your application. For more information, check the section HDEC review and approvals:

HDEC Chairperson Update

Student Research

The HDEC Chairs would like to advise all applicants who have supervisors that HDEC strongly recommends supervisors attend and support their students both through the completion of an HDEC application as well as when attending full committee meetings. Student led research is important in terms of new researchers gaining valuable experience however conversely they must be well supported due to their lack of experience.


It is also advisable for student research to have the tertiary institution be noted as a Sponsor of the programme of study. Students are encouraged to approach their Head of Department to discuss this. In the case of funded research it may be appropriate to discuss the matter of sponsorship with the Institutional Research Office.