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NSW Population and Health Services Research Ethics Committee

A joint initiative of the Cancer Institute NSW and NSW Ministry of Health. 

The NSW Population and Health Services Research Ethics Committee undertakes scientific and ethical review of population health and/or public health research which utilises or links to routinely collected health (and other) statewide data.

The Committee reviews submissions that seek to access data held by the NSW Ministry of Health or Cancer Institute NSW for the purposes of research.

The committee has been certified under the National Approach to Single Ethical Review process, administered through the National Health and Medical Research Council and is accredited in NSW as a lead Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) for multi-centre ethical review processes for population health and/or public health research.

The Committee has the authority to:

  • grant ethical approval for research proposals
  • request modification/s and/or clarification of research proposals
  • reject research proposals on ethical grounds
  • monitor ethically approved proposals
  • approve protocol amendments
  • suspend approved protocols
  • withdraw ethical approval
  • form appropriate subcommittees as required for expert advice
  • seek expert advice as required.

Note: the PHSREC is a Cancer Institute NSW and NSW Ministry of Health joint committee - all research involving access (including linkage) to statewide data collections owned or managed by NSW Health or the Cancer Institute NSW must be reviewed by this HREC.

Read more about the PHSREC:

Terms of Reference (PDF)

Standard operating procedure (PDF)