Multi-site Low 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.
Low risk research is where the only foreseeable risk is one of discomfort. Where the risk, even if unlikely, is more serious than discomfort, the research is not low risk (National Statement, updated 2023).
Multi-site low risk applications for BH HREC review
At Barwon Health, low risk research projects are reviewed by the BH HREC. Please visit the HREC page for meeting dates and submission deadlines.
If you’re not sure whether your research is suitable for a multi-site low 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.
If your collaborating sites are regional sites, please see Regional Health Service Collaborations page for further information.
IMPORTANT NOTE: ERM does not currently facilitate BH HREC multi-site review, however by way of a workaround;
- When preparing your submission in ERM, please select ‘single-site’. This will allow you to select Barwon Health HREC as your reviewing HREC. Ensure you list the participating sites and site PIs elsewhere within your submission. For example, within your protocol.
All application submission, feedback, correspondence, information requests and approvals occur within Ethical Review Manager (ERM). Read all 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.
Multi-site low risk Governance Only applications (External HREC review)
Before beginning with a multi-site governance submission, ensure the Co-Ordinating Principal Investigator or Lead Site has created an SSA subform for Barwon Health OR provided you access to the project HREA in ERM to allow you to create an SSA subform for Barwon Health from the HREA.
Read all 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.
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: Friday, 05 January 2024