This process is used to add ACT Health as a new site to a multi-site study that has been approved by an NMHRC Certified Lead HREC prior to 1 August 2016.
To add an ACT Health site to an NHMRC Certified HREC approved multi-site study a Site Governance Application is required. ACT Health has agreed to accept ethical and scientific approval from NHMRC certified HRECs without requiring additional duplicate review. Projects approved under the exemption rule are managed in the same as any NMA project.
Please note: The ACT Health Certified HREC Exemption process was introduced on 5 Jan 2016 and was designed to bring the benefits of NMA to ACT Health researchers. In line with its obligations under the National Statement chapter 5.3 (minimising duplication of ethical review) ACT Health HREC agreed to accept ethical responsibility for the conduct of these projects on the basis of the certified HREC review and approval. These arrangements were reviewed and approved by the legal unit and ACT Health insurer. Exemption applies to multisite projects excluded from NMA due to the 1 August 2016 start date agreed by NMA jurisdictions.