Feedback on revised ethical guidelines for health and disability research

Please note: This consultation closed on Tuesday 5 June, 2012

The National Ethics Advisory Committee (NEAC) is seeking feedback on revised ethical guidelines for health and disability research in New Zealand:

  • Ethical Guidelines for Intervention Studies
  • Ethical Guidelines for Observational Studies: Observational Research, Audits and Related Activities

We want to hear from those with experience or interest in health and disability research about whether the revised ethical guidelines are appropriately aligned with the Ministry of Health’s new Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for Health and Disability Ethics Committees (HDECs).

NEAC’s guidelines currently contain a mixture of ethical guidance in the form of policy, and process guidance. NEAC has updated both sets of guidelines to:

  • remove process guidance, and
  • ensure that policy previously included in the operating procedures for HDECs is now addressed by the guidelines.

This review has not fundamentally changed the existing ethical standards set out in the guidelines, and NEAC is not seeking comment on the remaining content of the guidelines. A more comprehensive review of the guidelines is planned for 2015.

The consultation runs for two weeks, from Monday 21 May 2012 to 9am Tuesday 5 June 2012.

We appreciate that this is a tight time frame but we wish to publish the finalised guidelines as soon as possible after the SOPs for HDECs come into effect on 1 July 2012. We would be grateful if you could submit your feedback by the deadline, if possible.

How to have your say

To take part, please down load the feedback form (Word, 50 KB), complete it electronically and send by email to neac@moh.govt.nz or post a printed copy to us.

If you have any questions, please contact us by email at neac@moh.govt.nz or by telephone on 04 816 2034.

Publishing information

  • Date of publication
    10 November 2009
  • Ordering Information:
    Only soft copy available to download