Introduction to Research Ethics

As research involving human participants is experimental in nature, it is imperative that any projects are conducted in a manner which respects, protects, and minimises harm to participants. Any proposed research must demonstrate that it has merit and will be conducted with integrity, in order for the involvement of human participants in research to be ethically justified.

In Australia, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)’s National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (updated 2018) sets the national standards for any individual, institution or organisation conducting human research and is intended to help them to meet their responsibilities.

In 2018, the NHMRC, the Australian Research Council and Universities Australia also jointly published the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, 2018 which articulates the broad principles and responsibilities that underpin the conduct of Australian research.

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