Ethics creep or governance creep? Challenges for Australian Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs)

Susanna M. Gorman

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Abstract

Australian Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) have to contend with ever-increasing workloads and responsibilities which go well beyond questions of mere ethics. In this article, I shall examine how the roles of HRECs have changed, and show how this is reflected in the iterations of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (NS). In particular I suggest that the focus of the National Statement has shifted to concentrate on matters of research governance at the expense of research ethics, compounded by its linkage to the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2007) in its most recent iteration. I shall explore some of the challenges this poses for HRECs and institutions and the risks it poses to ensuring that Australian researchers receive clear ethical guidance and review.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
Number of pages16
JournalMonash bioethics review
Volume29
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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