Notice to Researchers

Please be aware that response time from advisors to validate your application and assign it to a full or expedited meeting for review may take longer than usual. Please be assured we are doing our best to check all applications are valid and assign them promptly.

Please be reminded there is no HDEC meeting the week of 30 October so applications will be assigned to the next available meeting.

If you have applied for expedited review your application will be assigned to committee review but please expect temporary delays.

If you have queries about your applications, please expect delays in replies to your emails.

This is a temporary slow down due to staff absences.  An update will be advised the week of 7 November.

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. – Read more

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.

Latest news & updates

21 Nov 2017: Closing dates over Christmas and New Years 2017/18

31 Oct 2017: Please note – location change

The Southern Health and Disability Ethics Committee Meeting for 14 November 2017 will now be at The Hunter Centre, Room 120, Ground Floor, 279 Great King Street, Dunedin (opp Dunedin Hospital) not at the Sudima Hotel in Christchurch.

18 May 2017

Major research funders and international NGOs to implement WHO standards on reporting clinical trial results.