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Applying for review

Does your research require HDEC review?

All health and disability research must comply with established ethical standards.

However, not all health and disability research requires HDEC review. The complete definition of the scope of HDEC review is contained at section 3 of the SOPs for HDECs. View the summary flowchart (PDF, 94 KB).

Your study is likely to require HDEC review if it involves:

  • human participants recruited in their capacity as:
    • consumers of health or disability support services, or
    • relatives or caregivers of such consumers, or
    • volunteers in clinical trials; or
  • human tissue; or
  • health information.

Please contact us if you’re not sure whether or not your study requires HDEC review.

In this section

  • All applications to the committees must be submitted through the Online Forms website. Learn more about the process. Read more
  • Valid applications are assigned to a committee to review on either a full or expedited review pathway. Learn more about the review process. Read more
  • Contact details for institutional ethics committees and for district health board research governance. Read more