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Expedited Review

"Expedited Review" is defined as a procedure by which research protocols involving minimal risk research are reviewed by two members of Bond University Human Research Ethics Committee and approved or rejected by the Chair.

At its meeting of 9th June 2004, Bond University Human Research Ethics Committee approved guidelines for expedited review for minimal risk research.

By offering expedited review procedures, Bond University Human Research Ethics Committee aims to require of researchers the same reporting and compliance requirements made of researchers who apply for full Committee review, but to streamline the processing of applications in order to facilitate more timely and efficient processing of research protocols that involve minimal risks to participants.

Research Qualifying for Expedited Research

Research that involves minimal risk to participants qualifies for expedited review. In general, only question-asking, anonymous research with healthy adults who participate in public places and whose privacy is not infringed upon will qualify.

Research that may involve physical or psychological harm does NOT qualify for expedited review. This includes, but is not limited to drug or substance trials, invasive physical procedures, culturally or personally sensitive topic areas, and sensitive collectivities or individuals such as minors.

ALL of the following conditions must be met in order for a protocol to qualify for expedited review:

  • Participants are anonymous,
  • Participants are NOT deceived,
  • Participants are adults, aged 18 years or older, or if the Ethics Committee is satisfied that the participant is mature enough to understand consent and is not vulnerable through immaturity.
  • Participants are NOT cognitively or emotionally impaired,
  • Participants are NOT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, or any other collectivity,
  • The procedure does NOT involve any experimental manipulation or include the presentation of any stimulus other than question-asking,
  • The procedure does NOT involve access to participants' private records, even if they are de-identified,
  • There is NO power-dependency relationship between researcher(s) and participant(s), and
  • The procedure does NOT involve any harm, distress or discomfort to the participant.

Research that has received clearance from another AHEC registered HREC may be considered for reciprocal clearance only when it meets the conditions in 3 above.

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Mail or deliver to:

The Research Ethics Manager
Office of Research Services
Building 1C, Level 4
Bond University QLD 4229

T: +61 7 5595 4194
F: +61 7 5595 1120
E: buhrec@bond.edu.au 


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