The ethical conduct of research is vital for promoting and supporting a culture of accountability and respect, and for minimising risk to animals, humans and the environment. The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2018) and the University's Responsible Conduct of Research Policy require researchers to obtain and comply with all required human and animal ethics approvals. The need for approvals should be determined in the design phase of a project and all approvals must be obtained before the work begins.

The NHMRC National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007 - Updated 2018) defines human research as that conducted with or about people, their data, or tissue. Research involving human participants must meet the values of respect for human beings, research merit and integrity, and justice and beneficence to be ethically justifiable. Research involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples must also be conducted in accordance with the NHMRC's Ethical Conduct in Research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Communities: Guidelines for researchers and stakeholders (2018); see also the NHMRC's Keeping research on track II (2018).

The NHMRC Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes (8th Edition, 2013) requires that respect for animals underpins all aspects of the care and use of animals in research. Respect is demonstrated by establishing research merit and integrity, supporting the wellbeing of animals, avoiding or minimising harm and applying principles of the ‘3Rs’ - Replacement, Reduction, Refinement.

Researchers undertaking research with humans or animals should contact the University's Office of Research Ethics for advice and application processes.

Additional resources

Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2007) – UQ began transitioning to the 2018 Code in April 2019 (transition details available here)