Human Research

Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (MUHREC)

Research involving humans is governed by relevant codes of practice and national standards. One of the peak research bodies in Australia, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), has published the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) which provides guidance to researchers on issues such as risk, benefit, consent, data collection and retention, consideration of vulnerable populations, and conflicts of interest. 

The Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee (MUHREC) reviews all research conducted by Monash University staff or students involving human participants and primarily considers issues that constitute integrity, respect for persons, beneficence, justice, consent, research merit and safety. The primary role of MUHREC is to protect the welfare and the rights of participants in research and the primary responsibility of each member is to decide, independently, whether, in his or her opinion, the conduct of each research proposal will so protect participants. New applications for ethical clearance for human research is submitted online in the new Infonetica Ethics Review Manager (ERM). Details on how to access ERM and submit an application are provided on the Monash Research Office's Human Ethics page (accessed using your Monash authcate).

There are four main types of applications for research involving humans: