The organisation with primary responsibility for a Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) should notify the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) if registration is no longer required.
Where the HREC is responsible for monitoring active research projects, the primary organisation must notify each principal researcher about the HREC's proposed closure and work cooperatively with the researchers to ensure the transfer of these projects to another HREC.
An annual report must be completed for any part of the reporting period (calendar year) that the HREC was in operation and registered with NHMRC. At the end of the reporting period, NHMRC will provide an annual report form to the organisation for completion.
Under the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007), the organisation remains responsible for monitoring all HREC approved research until this responsibility is accepted by another institution and its HREC (see paragraph 5.5)