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HRC Resource Library

Our research and funding documents contain support and reference information for applicants applying for funding, as well as background information for referees and committee members.

  • Collection and use of human materials

    Ethics reference documents
    There are guidelines and codes governing use of body parts and tissues that differ in the case of living persons and deceased persons, and depending on what the human materials will be used for.
  • Standing Committee on Therapeutic Trials (SCOTT)

    HRC Ethics and Regulatory Committees
    The Health Research Council's Standing Committee on Therapeutic Trials (SCOTT) undertakes scientific assessment of applications to conduct trials and makes recommendations to the Director-General of Health on whether or not trials should be approved.
  • Monitoring of HRC-funded clinical trials

    Ethics reference documents
    The Data Monitoring Core Committee (DMCC) was established to provide objective, independent monitoring of clinical trials funded by the HRC. This flow-chart explains the process.
  • Data Monitoring Core Committee

    HRC Ethics and Regulatory Committees

    The primary function of the Data Monitoring Core Committee (HRC DMCC) is to ensure that HRC-funded trials that require data and safety monitoring are adequately monitored.

    Criteria for trials that require data and safety monitoring:

  • Gene Technology Advisory Committee

    HRC Ethics and Regulatory Committees

    The Health Research Council's Gene Technology Advisory Committee (GTAC) undertakes scientific assessment of clinical trials that involve the introduction of nucleic acids, genetically manipulated micro-organisms, or viruses or cells into human subjects.

  • Te Ara Tika Guidelines for Maori Research Ethics

    Ethics reference documents
    This document outlines a framework for addressing Māori ethical issues within the context of decision-making by ethics committee members.
  • Report from an Ethics Committee Seeking Re-Approval

    Ethics reference documents
    A Report from an Ethics Committee Seeking Re-approval summarises the activity of the committee over the past three years.
  • Genetic Technology Advisory Committee approval

    Ethics reference documents

    Proposals for clinical trials involving nucleic acids may need to seek Genetic Technology Advisory Committee approval.

  • Overview of Pacific Health Research guidelines

    Pacific Health Research
    This document is a brief summary of the Guidelines on Pacific Health Research and contains a summary of the ethical principles of Pacific health research. 
  • Public Health Research Committee

    Advisory and Assessing Committees
    The Public Health Research Committee is a statutory HRC committee set out in the HRC Act, with members appointed by the HRC Council. The committee advises on public health research funding that's offered through a range of HRC grant types.
  • Māori health Committee

    Advisory and Assessing Committees
    The Māori Health Committee is a statutory committee of the HRC responsible for distributing funds allocated by the Council for Māori health research and career development.
  • Māori Health Committee terms of reference

    Advisory and Assessing Committees
    This document outlines the Committee's scope and responsibilities.