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.
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.
If you require a letter confirming that your study is outside HDEC scope of review, please submit an application on the Online Forms website. This form needs to be completed and submitted so that we may confirm that it is outside the scope of HDEC review. Please see How to apply for review.
Email your completed form to: firstname.lastname@example.org