National Mutual Acceptance (NMA) Scheme

The National Mutual Acceptance (NMA) Scheme currently operates in QLD, NSW, VIC and SA and, as of 1 August 2016, the ACT.

NMA is designed to provide one scientific and ethical approval for all sites in the participating jurisdictions. There are a number of jurisdictions specific exclusions to NMA, these include, but are not limited to:

  • Phase 0, I studies (ACT, SA)
  • Studies specifically targeting the experiences of, or data collection from, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (ACT,NSW, QLD, SA)
  • Studies involving persons in custody, staff of justice health services or access to coronial material (ACT, NSW, QLD)

For more information about NMA please view the information brochure here.

Applications made through the NMA system must use the Online Forms website. Please email ethics@act.gov.au with notification of the application; must include the HREC Application Reference Number or Submission Code.

Streamlined Processes with UC and ANU Ethics Committees

ACT Health HREC has agreements in place with the University of Canberra (UC) and Australian National University (ANU) HRECs to facilitate streamlined ethical approval processes for research projects that are defined as ‘cross-institutional’.

Where a researcher or student researcher proposes a project that would include staff, facilities or resources of ACT Health and one or both of the universities (UC and ANU) an application should first be submitted to the ACT Health HREC or Low Risk Sub-Committee. Applications will be reviewed and approved by ACT Health first and then submitted for expedited review through the relevant university HREC.

Applications should be submitted using the appropriate ACT Health application form or NEAF. Participant information sheets should follow the ACT Health standard and include contact details for the ACT Health HREC.

Further details of the streamlined process are contained in the agreements below. Queries may be directed to the secretariat offices of ACT Health or the relevant university HREC.