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General information on the submission of documentation to the WCHN Human Research Ethics Committee

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General information on the submission of documentation to the WCHN Human Research Ethics Committee

The WCHN Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) requires both an electronic PDF submission, via email, and ONE signed hard copy of all documentation submitted to it for review.  This includes, but is not restricted to:

  • The National Ethics Application Form (NEAF) and accompanying documents
  • Low and Negligible Risk (LNR) applications and accompanying documents
  • Audit applications
  • Responses to issues raised by the HREC
  • Amendments and extension requests and
  • Safety reports such as Serious Adverse Events (SAEs), Serious Unexpected Serious Adverse Reactions (SUSASs), Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) reports etc.

General requirements of submission: 

  1. A cover letter should be provided explaining what is being submitted and listing all documents (including version number and date).
  2. An electronic copy of all documents is to be provided in three PDF files, namely:
    • Cover letter, NEAF or LNR application and protocol
    • Participant Information Sheets and Consent Forms (if applicable)
    • Other documents (if applicable)

    The PDF files should preferably not include scanned pages as all information should be ‘searchable’ where possible.

  3. The PDF files are to be emailed to – HealthWCHNResearch@sa.gov.au
  4. If the file size is too large to be submitted as one PDF file then it should be split into an additional PDF file, with the PDF file(s) labelled accordingly (part a, part b etc.). The cover letter should clearly indicate this. Documents not included in the PDF submission may not be reviewed, thus delaying approval.
  5. Additionally, ONE complete signed hard copy of all documents should be forwarded to:

    WCHN Human Research Ethics Committee
    2nd Floor Samuel Way Building
    72 King William Rd

Enquiries regarding submission may be emailed to: HealthWCHNResearch@sa.gov.au

Or telephone:

Ms Brenda Penny - 08 8161 6521
Mr Luke Fraser - 08 8161 6936
Ms Mary Thorne - 08 8161 6390

Applicants are reminded of the requirements for WCH page link iconResearch Governance review and approval before commencement of the research project.

last modified: 14 Apr 2016