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Multi-site QA & Minimal Risk Applications

Multi-site projects include any projects that involve more than one site, institution or centre. The definition of multi-site is where the Barwon Health HREC is asked to provide ethical approval for more than one site. Each site should have its own Principal Investigator and recruit/collect data from that site.

Multi-site Minimal Risk and Quality Assurance (QA) projects are reviewed by RDU without Committee Review so can be submitted at any time.

Read all of the points in the process (including information drop-downs) before commencing with your application. Note that the numbering system is arbitrary and that multiple steps can be undertaken in parallel to save you time.

If you’re not sure whether your research is suitable for a QA/ minimal risk application, please visit the how to prepare an application page or download and complete the ‘Level of Risk Checklist’. You may also contact [email protected] with any queries.

All application submission, feedback, correspondence, information requests and approvals occur within Ethical Review Manager (ERM). You must use the QA (Quality Assurance) VIC Form for submission of these research applications in ERM (do not use the HREA form):

  • Minimal risk
  • Clinical Audit
  • Quality Assurance
  • Evaluation Activities


Regional multi-site Minimal Risk/QA projects need to seek Barwon Health HREC approval/ exemption, then complete the governance steps below. Visit the Regional Health Service Collaborations page for a list of regional and rural sites that accept Barwon Health review.

Multi-site Minimal Risk/QA projects that intend to include metropolitan public healthcare institutions must first seek VIC metro reviewing site HREC approval, with Barwon Health listed as an approved site. Then follow the governance steps below.



Contact RDU with any queries or concerns

RDU is here to help. If you are not sure where to start or have a question regarding your research project, email us at [email protected] and a member of the RDU team will get back to you within 24 hours.  If you have a current application underway, please ensure you include your Barwon Health reference number in your enquiry.


Last Modified: Wednesday, 12 June 2024