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May 2016

Planned changes to the process of ethical review of research

(15 May 2016)

All staff and students who work on research involving human participants, need to obtain ethical review approval. This applies to researchers, and also staff in PSS and administrative roles, such as University Research Ethics Committee Secretaries, Insurance Officers, Research Office Administrator, School Research Ethics Administrators and Super Administrators.

A project is underway to introduce a new online Ethical Review Manager (ERM) for processing applications for such approval.

The new system will go live on the Friday 9 September 2016. There will be a 60 day crossover period in which ethics applications will still be accepted via designated Ethics Signatories. After this period, applications should be submitted through the new on-line Ethical Review Manager (ERM).

Training guides and videos for researchers and PSS staff will be available from the Research Ethics and IT Training website closer to the launch date. These will explain how to use the system and answer frequently asked questions.

Further updates will be provided in the near future. Any queries in the meantime should be directed to