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The following procedures assume that:
1. Applicants have determined that their project falls within the scope of the Code.
The following activities must comply with the Code:
a) All research involving either the participation of humans or where the research impacts on individuals, groups or communities. This includes consultancies, contract research, staff research and supervised student research;
b) Any teaching which involves the participation of students for the demonstration of procedures or phenomena, which have a potential for harm;
c) Any evaluation of university services, organisational practices or teaching programmes where information of a personal nature may be collected, where participants may be identified, or where the performance of staff may be commented on. This does not include routine organisational quality improvement activities, e.g. academic programme evaluations or service delivery projects but does include activities which have a research component and may lead to publications.
2. Staff have attended a training course for undertaking research with human participants. Refer to the "Training seminars" page of this website or the Development Calendar on the People and Organisational Development website;
3. Students will have sought assistance from their supervisor;
4. Recruitment and/or data collection have not commenced.
To ensure you fulfil the approval procedures set out in the Code, follow the step by step guide below. If the relevant information is not included, your project may be delayed.
Low Risk Notifications
If the research is deemed to be low risk, automatic email notification is provided on submission of the risk assessment questions. Researchers can also download a confirmation letter (instructions are provided in the email).
Academic/Professional staff based at the Albany Campus; and students whose Chief Supervisor is located at the Albany Campus will primarily have their applications allocated to MUHEC: Northern, unless review by a committee with medical expertise is required.
Academic/Professional staff based at either the Manawatu or Wellington Campus; and students whose Chief Supervisor is located at either the Palmerston North or Wellington campus will primarily have their applications allocated to either MUHEC: Southern A or MUHEC: Southern B.
Please note that the online submission process allows for some balancing of workflows on a monthly basis. In order to ensure researchers have their applications reviewed in a timely manner, a Research Ethics Office team member may contact you to discuss assigning your application to the next available committee meeting regardless of location.
If your application requires review by a committee with medical expertise (and does not require review by a Health & Disability Ethics Committee) your application will be allocated to MUHEC: Southern A.
Thinking about research design and ethical issues
Filling in online forms
The extracts from Massey researchers’ low risk notifications are shared with their permission, for your guidance. They indicate ways of providing information to explain the research and the ethical issues involved.
Please consult the Massey University Sponsor Authorisation Protocol when completing Section A5 of the HDEC online application
DDI 06 951 6840 (Internal ext 83840)
09 414 0800 ext 43276
To assist researchers with the submission of human ethics applications in RIMS
WHERE: Room 3.01, Quad A Bldg, Albany
TIMES: 10.00am - 1.00pm
DATES: Wed 10 April, Mon 15 April, Mon 13 May, Wed 5 June, Mon 10 June, Wed 3 July, Mon 8 July, Wed 31 July Mon 5 August
Contact Alice Lindsay (09 414 0800 ext 43276) for further details
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Last updated on Thursday 04 April 2019