WA Health has launched a web-based Research Governance Service which will make it easier for researchers to meet the governance requirements for conducting human research in WA.
The centralised online system – which is now live – enables researchers to complete, submit, manage and track their ethics and governance documentation through the lifecycle of their human research project.
The system also provides a collaborative workspace for researchers, hospital administrators, ethics executive officers, human research ethics committees (HREC) and research governance officers (RGO) to communicate, administer and report within, and across, projects.
All research that involves people or their tissue or data is governed by a framework that incorporates national and State ethics, governance and regulatory standards.
These standards are designed to protect research participants by ensuring projects are conducted safely and ethically.
While there will be a period of transition over the next three months, the new web-based service will eventually replace the existing paper-based system.
The new system should provide a more flexible, streamlined and transparent governance service. It can be accessed through the Department of Health’s Research Governance website.
The new system has been designed, developed and funded by the Department of Health, in collaboration with Health Support Services.