Health and disability studies aim to generate knowledge for the purpose of improving health and independence outcomes. The HDEC checks that proposed health and disability studies meet established ethical standards in order to protect participants.
You can fill out an application form in ETHICS RM(external link)(external link) . This form has replaced the old scope of review form. The first two pages are a screening questionnaire which will produce whether the study is in scope, and what pathway if so.
If you require a letter confirming your study is out of scope for HDEC review, you will need to create and submit an HDEC application form.
Unless an exemption applies, most health and disability research requires HDEC review if it involves one or more of the following criteria:
Participants recruited as:
The use, collection or storage of human tissue (as defined by the Human Tissue Act 2008,(external link) unless:
The use or disclosure of health information (as defined by the Health Information Privacy Code 2020(external link)), unless:
The HDEC scope of review is explained in more detail in Section 3 of the Standard Operating Procedures for the Health and Disability Ethics Committees.
The following exemptions to the main criteria may apply:
Possible exemptions are explained in more detail in Section 3 of the Standard Operating Procedures for the Health and Disability Ethics Committees.