The Human Research Ethics Committee is a permanent sub committee of the Academic Board of Governance. Its role is to act as the final point of reference for ethical concerns for all NIODA research activity and for other matters of ethics pertaining to the institute as a whole.

The HREC is enabled through:

  • Keeping in touch with current practices of accepted ethical behaviour in academic research
  • Ensuring NIODA ethics policies and procedures reflect such behaviour, and 
  • Reviewing and approving all ethics applications for research undertaken in the institute (both staff and students) that involves humans

The HREC reports to the Academic Board of Governance through an annual written report. This report details NIODA’s research ethics activity for the year with recommendations for quality improvements. The report is also be included as data in NIODA’s annual strategic review undertaken by the Board of Governance.

The HREC comprises a Chair and a minimum three Members.

The committee members between them comprise these characteristics:

  • A minimum of one member will have current or past experience in research ethics approval processes, preferably with particular knowledge about ethical concerns in action research
  • A minimum of one member will have current or past experience in research ethics application processes, preferably with particular knowledge about ethical concerns in action research
  • A minimum of one member will represent NIODA teaching staff
  • Community points of view are important in considering ethical issues so at least one member will be a community representative

The chair is external to NIODA.

There is a quorum of 3 members.

HREC members are appointed by the Academic Board of Governance for a two year term.

The HREC convenes a minimum of 3 times per year.