Welcome to the updates page for changes to the HDEC review process and IT platform!

Online platform changing

We will be replacing the online platform for submitting, reviewing and monitoring the Health and Disability Ethics Committees (HDEC) applications for health and disability researchers.

If you currently use online forms to complete your ethics applications, the HDECs are moving to a new online platform called Ethics Review Manager (ETHICS RM). ETHICS RM will be going live on 1 September 2021.

What is ETHICS RM?

ETHICS RM uses a powerful ethics review software to manage the full life cycle of all applications from researcher to reviewer. ETHICS RM makes completing ethics applications easier and managing studies more efficient.

You can find out more about ETHICS RM at the Infonetica website(external link).


An ETHICS RM training programme will be available for user capability building from 20 July to 6 August, 2021. Links to register will be updated at this page.

Further changes to HDEC

This is the first part of a wider review of the HDEC system that will include a review of the HDEC Standard Operating Procedures and the Terms of Reference. An Advisory and Governance group will be established in September 2021 to oversee this work, and the Ministry will publicly consult on any proposed changes.

More information

We’ve included a fact sheet with what you need to know at Ethics review fact sheet.

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