The Royal Adelaide Hospital has an obligation to ensure that research being conducted by staff or external researchers meets all ethical requirements in accordance with the relevant guidelines and standards, including the NHMRC’s National Statement on the Ethical Conduct of Human Research (2007).

Research ethics approval takes into consideration the legal, ethical organisational and cultural standards relevant to the research to be undertaken.

Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN) previously supported two human research ethics committees (HRECs): Royal Adelaide Hospital REC and TQEH/LHM/MH HREC.

As of 1 January 2018, the two HRECs are merged into one committee known as the Central Adelaide Local Health Network Human Research Ethics Committee (CALHN HREC). The CALHN HREC will retain responsibility for monitoring all projects previously approved by the RAH REC and TQEH/LMH/MH HREC.

The CALHN HREC is appropriately constituted in accordance with the requirements of the NHMRC, and fulfils the requirements of the National Statement (section 5.2).


Central Adelaide Local Health Network Human Research Ethics Committee (CALHN HREC)

HREC Chair: Mr Ian Tindall

HREC Executive Officer

Phone: +61 8 7117 2229

Level 3, Roma Mitchell House
136 North Terrace, ADELAIDE SA 5000

Please note all submissions to the CALHN HREC must be made via the Online Forms system, with the submission code then emailed to Hard copy submissions will not be accepted.

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

The CALHN HREC is constituted and functions in accordance with the NHMRC National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007)

The National Statement consists of a series of guidelines made in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992. It is intended for use by:

  • any researcher conducting research with human participants;
  • any member of an ethical review body reviewing that research;
  • those involved in research governance; and
  • potential research participants.

The National Statement is developed jointly by the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian Research Council and Universities Australia.

Researchers are encouraged to read the National Statement prior to submitting their application for review.

Researchers are also encouraged to use the NHMRC Standardised Participant Information Consent Forms available here.

National Mutual Acceptance

Australian state and territory Departments of Health have signed
a Memorandum of Understanding for mutual acceptance of
scientific and ethical review of multi-centre human research
projects undertaken in Public Health Organisations. Currently
New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria are
participating in National Mutual Acceptance (NMA).



2016 NHMRC Guidance: Safety Monitoring and Reporting in Clinical Trials Involving Therapeutic Goods

The National Health and Medical Research Council has released new guidance on Safety Monitoring and Reporting in Clinical Trials Involving Therapeutic Goods (the Guidance) to replace the 2009 Australian Health Ethics Committee Position Statement of the same name (the Position Statement). The Guidance will apply to all studies approved by a CALHN HREC.

For further information contact:


Phone: +61 8 7117 2229

CALHN HREC documentation will be updated to reflect these changes in due course.

Guidelines for clinical trial monitoring and reporting at CALHN are available here.