Levels of ethical review
Ethics clearance for Swinburne-sanctioned human research proposals is obtained from one of the following ethical review processes, depending on risk, impact or other criteria.
Swinburne's Human Research Ethics Committee (SUHREC) would review:
- research that is neither negligible nor low-risk
- research involving vulnerable or specified groups/individuals, regardless of whether high, low or negligible risk is involved
- research involving significantly sensitive or specified issues or contexts.
A SUHREC sub-committee (SHESC) would review:
- research that is negligible or low-risk
- research that doesn’t involve vulnerable or specified groups/individuals
- research that doesn’t involve sensitive or specified issues or contexts.
Other authorised ethical review or process:
- multi-centre or multi-site research requiring external ethical review
- research conducted at or with an Australian hospital/university requiring other or non-Swinburne ethical review
- specified clinical research or clinical trials
- external research involving Swinburne staff and students as co-investigators
- external research involving Swinburne staff and students as participants
- research transferred to Swinburne with existing ethics clearance
- research that is defined as negligible risk or impact and involves existing collections of non-identifiable data and thus may be exempted
- other special circumstances.
What is negligible risk?
Research that is considered negligible risk involves no greater risk than one of ‘inconvenience’.