Researchers, including students, who wish to undertake research involving human subjects, must obtain final ethics approval from the appropriate committee before commencing any “research conducted with or about people, or their data or tissue”.
Flinders University reviews human ethics applications in line with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (Updated 2018).
All non-clinical applications are to be submitted to the Social and Behavioural Research Ethics Committee (SBREC) with the following exceptions:
If non-clinical research will involve (a) any sites under the control of SA Health; or (b) participants or data accessed through a site controlled by SA Health, an application will need to be submitted to one of the SA Health Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) listed on the SA Health Human Research Ethics Committee List webpage.
All clinical research applications are to be submitted to the Southern Adelaide Clinical Health Research Ethics Committee (SAC HREC), or other SA Health HREC where relevant. While Flinders University does not have oversight over the SAC HREC; located at Flinders Medical Centre; an agreement exists whereby SAC HREC ethics approval is automatically accepted by the University.
Note - Researchers planning to undertake non-clinical or clinical research involving an interstate Public Health Organisation (PHO) should obtain advice from the PHO regarding requirements that need to be met in that jurisdiction.