Scenario 1: I have received ethics clearance from and conducted research with or at XYZ University/Hospital — can I transfer the research and clearance?
Scenario 2: I will be conducting research with or at XYZ University/Hospital — do I need to get ethics clearance or permission from XYZ?
Firstly, there is a research governance matter needing attention: what has actually been authorised by whom and for what? In other words, what has been cleared elsewhere is unlikely to have simple coverage at or for Swinburne. What is undertaken under Swinburne’s name ordinarily is likely to require authoritative Swinburne ethics clearance. If you are not properly covered by a proper Swinburne process, you may be in breach of applicable policies, procedures, standards or guidelines, in which case you may not be able to conduct, complete or claim the research.
It is important, therefore, that you are aware of all the necessary permissions and clearances needed to conduct research at or with other organisations for any stage of human research activity, including data collection, whether with or without clearance(s) from one or more research and/or ethics committee. The main reason is that each organisation is usually a separate legal entity subject to or liable under various applicable regulatory, professional or contractual regimes. And in some cases, a funding or research agreement may be needed or warranted to cover the type and extent of collaboration.
These agreements, by the way, rarely if ever include simple delegation to another organisation of ethical review or liability under various laws. At best, the agreements and adherence to the agreements prevents or minimises problems in the event of something going wrong.
Swinburne, as with a number of other organisations, works to minimise duplication of ethical or other review. All things being equal, expedited ethical review may be available if the ethical review already undertaken accords with Australian research ethics standards.
Find information on how to apply for expedited review using Swinburne Ethics Review Management (ERM) here.