Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC)

Scientific and Ethical Review

The Sir Charles Gairdner Osborne Park Health Care Group (SCGOPHCG) Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC), and its subcommittees, seek to ensure that research is conducted in accordance with the high scientific and ethical standards expected by the institution and the Australian public.

The SCGOPHCG HREC is certified by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to provide ethical approval for research nationally under the National Mutual Acceptance (NMA) scheme. This HREC is one of three with certification in Western Australia, the others being Child and Adolescent Health Service HREC and South Metropolitan Health Care Service HREC.

SCGOPHCG HREC is certified to review the following research categories:

  • Clinical trials of drugs and devices Phases I - IV
  • Clinical interventional research other than clinical trials
  • Population health and/or public health
  • Qualitative research.

Due to the variety and volume of research submitted at this site, the HREC delegates review of the scientific merit and integrity to two subcommittees:

The subcommittee review considers the scientific merit and statistical design of proposed research prior to ethical review. CDTC is responsible for the review of research involving a drug, while the SRS reviews non-drug research.

All research within WA Health needs to be submitted via the Research Governance Service (RGS) website (external site).


National HREC Guidance Documents

The National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (external site)
The Australian guidance document for the ethical conduct of research.

The National Certification Scheme (external site)
Information regarding the NHMRC certification process for national single ethical review.

The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (external site)
The code that articulates the requirements for researchers, ethics committees and institutions involved in the conduct of research.


Approved Proposals


HREC Operating Documents


Review Committee Meeting dates

2021 Meeting Dates (PDF)
The committees meet 11 times a year. The subcommittees will meet January to November and the HREC will meet February to December.


Non HREC Activity

Authorised Prescriber

The HREC is occasionally asked to provide support for applications under the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) Authorised Prescriber (AP) scheme. Information about this scheme, how to apply and a template consent from are provided below:

Case Reports

A formalised process for the review and ethical endorsement of case reports or series is currently under development. Please contact the HREC Office for more information and assistance until this process receives institutional approval.

Last Updated: 28/09/2021