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Research ethics and guidelines


Human research

In Australia, all research involving humans must meet ethical standards and comply with laws and guidelines that protect research participants. The Cancer Council Victoria Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) made up of volunteer experts and the Research Governance Unit are responsible for the review, oversight and monitoring of research. The review of research proposals that do not involve Cancer Council Victoria researchers is discretionary.

Research proposals (and amendments) are reviewed against relevant guidelines, including the National Statement. The Cancer Council Victoria does not provide ethical review for research that involves animal research, clinical trials with investigational medicinal products, or research involving investigational medical devices. 

Cancer Council Victoria does not itself conduct research involving animals. The research Cancer Council Victoria conducts mainly involves analysis of human behaviour and analysis of statistical information on cancer incidence, survival and deaths in Victoria. Research proposals involving animals are not reviewed by Cancer Council Victoria's HREC.

Key guidance documents

National guidance documents

Cancer Council Victoria documents

* Document currently under review 

For more information contact:

Research Governance Unit at