What kind of research needs ethical approval?

Research that does require ethics review Research involving living human participants. Research involving human remains, cadavers, tissues, biological fluids, embryos or foetuses. Research about a living individual in the public arena if s/he is to be interviewed and/or private papers accessed.

Why is ethical approval needed?

Ethical approval of a research project also helps to increase the legitimacy of research findings. This is important for those making decisions based on the research results. Ethical approval of a research project also helps to increase the legitimacy of research findings.

How do you get ethical approval?

Key points

  1. Complete the online application form.
  2. Complete the applicant’s checklist.
  3. Decide where to apply and book a review slot.
  4. Make your submission.
  5. Validation and review date.
  6. Complete site specific information form.
  7. Review meeting and provisional ethical opinion.
  8. Request for further written information.

How long does an IRB review take?

about two weeks

How much does independent IRB cost?


Descriptions Cost
Initial Review + Convened Board Meeting (Includes one informed consent and includes one iteration from 2 primary reviewers) $1950.00
Each Additional CO-PI $125.00
Each Additional Consent Form $225.00
Additional iterations (2nd, 3rd, 4th iterations, if required after initial review) $250.00

What documents need IRB approval?

Stamped/approved consent documents, including consent forms, assent forms, information sheets, and other documents regarding the informed consent process. Recruitment materials. Study instruments. HIPAA authorization forms reviewed and accepted by the IRB.

Who decides if ethical approval for a research study is granted?

Ethical review is a process by which an independent committee assesses the ethics, quality, methods and researcher capabilities of a project against the guidelines provided by the NHMRC.

Do I need ethical approval for secondary data analysis?

Secondary data relating to living human subjects often requires ethical approval depending on the source and nature of the data. The extent to which the ethical review application form must be completed also depends on the source and nature of the data.

How long does ethical approval take?

8-12 weeks

What is ethical approval?

Ethical approval is an integral part of the research process. It aims to protect both researchers and participants. Participants should have enough details to make informed, autonomous decisions.

Do case studies need ethical approval?

Any research, involving human subjects, requires approval by a corresponding ethical compliance body. Case reports and studies intended for quality improvement are often considered not research and do not need IRB approval.

How do researchers get ethical approval?

Ethics approval application procedure

  1. Step 1 Assemble your application documents package. Assemble your application document package.
  2. Step 2 Sign off by Head of School or Equivalent.
  3. Step 3 Risk Assessment.
  4. Step 4 Ethics Review Body will Review the Application.
  5. Step 5 Notification of Approval so Project can Begin.

Who does the IRB report to?

In 1974, the Department of Health Education and Welfare promulgated the regulations on the Protection of Human Subjects that established the IRB. IRBs are administered on a federal level by the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), an office within the Department of Health and Human Services.

How do you write an ethical clearance?

Tips for obtaining ethics approval in the minimum time frame

  1. Allow time.
  2. Communicate clearly.
  3. Ensure your application is self-explanatory and self-sufficient.
  4. Use the guidelines available to help you.
  5. Ensure your application package is complete.
  6. Label your documents.
  7. Place yourself in the role of a participant.

Do you need IRB approval for independent research?

We were informed (correctly) that IRBs are only required for federally funded projects, clinical trials, and those who seek publication in peer-reviewed journals. If you plan to publish your research in a traditional peer-reviewed journal, you will usually need an IRB review.

Do online surveys need ethics approval?

Does a research project using questionnaires in an online survey require research ethics review? Yes, research projects involving human participants includes the use of data collection methods which are not face-to-face such as online surveys and postal surveys (see below).

Do you need ethical approval for a literature review?

Short answer: In general, you do not need ethics committee review, but there are good reasons to institute some of the practices now common in human subject research. The modern protection of human subjects has a history spanning over a century (even before the Nuremberg code).