Human Ethics Committees & Dates

NOTE: As of 14 April 2020, all human ethics committees are working hard to keep to our normal schedule of review according to the submission dates below.

Priority may be given to time-sensitive research directly related to COVID-19, or for essential variations to existing protocols that will minimise risk/distress to participants.

In order for these priority submissions to be actioned appropriately, please email human.ethics.officer@anu.edu.au to alert the Ethics Team ahead of submission, and include “Priority Submission” in the subject line.

 

The submission deadlines for new ethics applications depends on the risk category of the research to be reviewed. (See FAQ “What is the risk level of my research?”).

 

Full Review research

The Human Research Ethics Committee assesses high-risk applications, research with vulnerable populations, and research involving Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples. They meet on the last Friday of each month (except December). In order for your application to be processed, reviewed, and assessed at this meeting, you must submit and finalise your application before the deadline dates listed.

2021 HREC submission deadlines

Meeting number

Deadlines for Applications
(5pm Monday, unless otherwise indicated)

Meeting Date
(Friday)

1

12 January (Tuesday)

29 January

2

8 February

26 February

3

8 March

26 March

4

12 April

30 April

5

10 May

28 May

6

7 June

25 June

7

12 July

30 July

8

9 August

27 August

9

6 September

24 September

10

11 October

29 October

11

8 November

26 November

 

 

Expedited, Level 2 (E2) research

E2 applications are reviewed by one of three Delegated Ethical Review Committees (DERCs): 

College Committee
Arts and Social Sciences
Law
Humanities & Social Sciences DERC
Asia & the Pacific
Business & Economics
Asia Pacific & Business DERC

Science
Health & Medicine

Science & Medical DERC

These committees meet fortnightly and their submission deadlines can be found below.

2021 DERC submission deadlines

Meeting number

Submission Deadlines
(5pm Monday, unless otherwise indicated)

Meeting Date
(Thursday for all DERCs)

1

12 January (Tuesday)

21 January

2

25 January

04 February

3

08 February

18 February

4

22 February

04 March

5

08 March

18 March

6

22 March

01 April

7

05 April

15 April

8

19 April

29 April

9

3 May

13 May

10

17 May

27 May

11

31 May

10 June

12

14 June

24 June

13

28 June

08 July

14

12 July

22 July

15

26 July

05 August

16

09 August

19 August

17

23 August

2 September

18

06 September

16 September

19

20 September

30 September

20

04 October

14 October

21

18 October

28 October

22

01 November

11 November

23

15 November

25 November

24

29 November

09 December

 

 

Expedited, Level 1 research

E1 applications are for low-risk research projects, or research projects which have already undergone ethics review. They are reviewed by the appropriate DERC Chair out of session and can be submitted at any time.

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