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New application for low risk research

The definition of Low Risk Research is research in which the only foreseeable risk is one of discomfort. Research in which the risk for participants is more serious than discomfort is not low risk. 

The following types of research require review by a Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) and are excluded from review by the Low Risk Research Subcommittee:

(a) all research that involves more than low risk;

(b) research falling under the following chapters of the National Statement (except where research on collections of non-identifiable data under these chapters satisfies the conditions for exemption from review – see paragraphs 5.1.22 and 5.1.23 of the National Statement):

  • Chapter 3.3:  Genomic research
  • Chapter 4.1: Women who are pregnant and the human foetus
  • Chapter 4.4: People highly dependent on medical care who may be unable to give consent
  • Chapter 4.5: People with a cognitive impairment, an intellectual disability, or a mental illness
  • Chapter 4.7: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and some categories of research falling under
  • Chapter 4.6: People who may be involved in illegal activities (see first bolded paragraph for details).


Last updated 27 September 2019