Getting Ethics Approval A step by step guide to whether you need ethics approval and what to do to get it. Please left click, scroll, or press enter to see the next slide.
Are you either a staff member or student at AUT? • Yes • Please go to the next slide. • No • If you wish to access AUT staff or students for research purposes, you need approval. • Please go to section N of the Ethics Knowledge Base for more information and the EA9 form.
Will your research involve animals? • Yes • You will need approval from an Animal Ethics Committee. • Contact The University of Auckland’s Animal Ethics Committee by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for further advice and forms • No • Please go to the next slide.
Does your research use or create human gametes, human embryos or hybrid embryos? • Yes • You need to apply to the Ethics Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology • No • Please go to the next slide.
Will other people be participating in your research? • Yes • You may need ethics approval; please go to the next slide. • No • You will not need ethics approval.
What does the Health Research Council say? • Does your research require ethical review under chapter three of the Operational Standard? • Yes • Please go to the next slide. • No • Your research may not need to be reviewed by an ethics committee. If in doubt, contact the Ethics Coordinator.
For whom are you doing the research? • Will your research be carried out under the auspices of an institution with an accredited institutional ethics committee (e.g. AUT)? • Yes • Please go to the next slide • No • You will need to apply to a New Zealand Health and Disability Ethics Committee.
What do the Referral Guidelines say? • According to the Health Research Council Ethics Committee’s Referral Guidelines, must an Institutional Ethics Committee refer your research to a Health and Disability Ethics Committee? • Yes • Apply to a New Zealand Health and Disability Ethics Committee. • Please go to the next slide. • No • Apply to the Institutional Ethics Committee (e.g. AUTEC). • Please go to the next slide.
Do you have approval from another Ethics Committee? • If you have approval from another Ethics committee and you are either a staff member or a student of AUT, then you need to provide AUTEC with: • A completed EA5 form (see section F of the Ethics Knowledge Base); • The approval letter from and application to the other Ethics Committee; • All documentation being given to participants.
Is your research exempt? • Does your research meet the exemption criteria in section 6 of AUTEC’s Applying for Ethics Approval: Guidelines and Procedures • Yes • You do not need ethics approval. • No • Please go to the next slide.
Is your research part of an undergraduate class project? • Is your research of the category described in section 8.2 of AUTEC’s Applying for Ethics Approval: Guidelines and Procedures? • Yes • Your lecturer should have delegated authority to give ethics approval in terms of their class research project approval; • Please go to the next slide. • No • Please go to the slide after the next one.
How do you get a class research project approval? • If you are a lecturer and your class research project meets the criteria of section 8.2 of AUTEC’s Applying for Ethics Approval: Guidelines and Procedures, then submit: • A completed EA6 application Form (see section F of the Ethics Knowledge Base); • The relevant course handbook and assignment guides with all information about the research being given to your students, including an Information Sheet exemplar and Consent Form exemplar.
Applying to AUTEC • Complete an EA1 Application Form • Submit a signed, printed, single-sided copy of the EA1, the research instruments, the Information Sheets, Consent Forms, Confidentiality Agreeements, and advertisements etc. to the Ethics Coordinator • Go to the next slide
Further Information(click on the links) • The AUT Ethics Knowledge Base - a comprehensive online resource; • The AUT Ethics Coordinator; • Health Research Council; • New Zealand Health and Disability Ethics Committees; • Regional Health and Disability Ethics Committee Forms
Acknowledgement • Some of the information in this PowerPoint guide is sourced from the Health and Disability Ethics Committees’ Ethics Review, Issue 5, December 2005.