Application for registration of an HREC

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Important information

An organisation may apply to register its Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) at any time. To be eligible for registration, the organisation and HREC must demonstrate that they meet the requirements of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research, 2007 (National Statement or NS).

The submission of this application must be approved by the head of the organisation (e.g. CEO or Vice-Chancellor). If the HREC is responsible to more than one organisation, the head of each of these organisations must also approve the submission of this application. The organisation with primary responsibility for the HREC is the applicant.


NHMRC collects personal information from Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) as part of the registration process.

This information is collected on contact details for HRECs and for their organisations, as well as details on HREC membership. Without this personal information, a HREC will not be registered, nor will its registration be maintained.

NHMRC uses this information to contact HRECs and their organisations, to confirm that HRECs and organisations agree to the terms of registration, and/or to verify that HRECs’ appointed members meet the requirements of paragraphs 5.1.29–5.1.31 of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research. HREC contact email addresses that do not include personal names or are already publically available may be provided to external third parties. However, all other access to this information will be limited to NHMRC staff.

By providing this information, HRECs and organisations acknowledge that it will be stored by NHMRC.

Further information is provided in the NHMRC Privacy Policy or by emailing


  • complete all sections of the online form
  • to allow NHMRC to make an informed decision about registration of your HREC, you are required to provide some documentation to support your application.  Attach these documents to the applicable fields. You may be contacted if additional information is required
  • a copy of your application will be emailed to you upon submission.