The information on this page relates to clinical trials, if you are conducting a clinical trial it is important that you understand your role and responsibilities, and you familiarize with the Clinical Trial Governance Procedure.

If you are unsure as to whether the University can be the sponsor of your trial please contact your Research Partnership Manager.   Research Partnership Managers liaise with hospitals and external institutions to ensure clinical trial research agreements (CTRA) are in place.

What are clinical trials?

The National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research defines clinical trials as being a form of research designed to find out the effects on an intervention, including a treatment or diagnostic procedure.

A clinical trial can involve testing a drug, a surgical procedure, other therapeutic procedures and devices, a preventive procedure, or a diagnostic device or procedure.

In pharmaceutical and medical device trials there are established codes of good clinical practice that define clearly what is meant by a clinical trial for those purposes.

Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) review

All proposals to conduct clinical trials require HREC review. HRECs can provide both ethical and scientific review. The responsibilities of the responsibilities and functions of the HREC in relation to clinical trials is detailed in the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research.

If conducting research in hospitals you should familiarise yourself with the National Approach to Single Ethical Review of Multi-centre Research. For further information please see UQ HREC ratification.

Further information