Consultation on the Draft National Ethics Standards for Health and Disability Research

Closed 28 Sep 2018

Opened 24 Jul 2018

Results Updated 19 Dec 2019

The final National Ethical Standards for Health and Disability Research and Quality Improvement were published in December 2019. We thank all those who made submissions for their valuable input in developing these Standards.

Overview

The National Ethics Advisory Committee (NEAC) is an independent advisor to the Minister of Health. NEAC was established in 2001 by section 16 of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000.

The National Ethics Advisory Committee’s statutory functions are to:

  • provide advice to the Minister of Health on ethical issues of national significance in respect of any health and disability matters (including research and health services)
  • determine nationally consistent ethical standards across the health and disability sector and provide scrutiny for national health research and health services.

In 2015 NEAC committed to a review of the 2012 Ethical Guidelines for Intervention Studies and Ethical Guidelines for Observational Studies: Observational Research, Audits and Related Activities. In order to review the 2012 guidelines and develop new standards determined by NEAC, the Ministry of Health established a Working Party to create a first draft.

This work was aligned with the Health Research Strategy 2017, which contained commitments to address investment and strengthening of health research in New Zealand, particularly with the focus of reducing inequity and improving health outcomes. The guidelines also form part of a general strengthening of the regulatory environment for health research, as the Therapeutic Products Bill recognises that ethics is an integral part of research conduct, resulting in protection and safety of participants in research.

The National Ethics Standards for Health and Disability Research draft set out the established ethical standards that apply to all health and disability research in New Zealand. The Standards are primarily targeted at individual researchers but they are also of use to ethics committees, research sponsors and for training and educating researchers.

NEAC has reviewed the draft Standards and seeks now the views and feedback of the public.

Due to a number of requests for late submissions the deadline for submission has been extended until 28 September 2018.

What Happens Next

Thank you for your submission.

Consultation has now closed.

Over the consultation period officials held a series of public meetings and focus group discussions. Submissions on the public consultation closed on 28 September 2018.

NEAC are currently analysing the written submissions and feedback received from consultation meetings.

A summary of submissions will be released once analysis has completed.

Events

  • Auckland Region Consultation Meeting

    From 3 Sep 2018 at 10:00 to 3 Sep 2018 at 16:15

    Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/neac-ethics-standards-public-consultation-meeting-auckland-tickets-48464294008

    Please view the NEAC website https://neac.health.govt.nz/ for information on this meeting, or email NEAC@moh.govt.nz

  • Waikato Region Consultation Meeting

    From 5 Sep 2018 at 10:00 to 5 Sep 2018 at 16:15

    Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/neac-ethics-standards-public-consultation-meeting-waikato-tickets-48464649070

    Please view the NEAC website https://neac.health.govt.nz/ for information on this meeting, or email NEAC@moh.govt.nz

  • Wellington Region Consultation Meeting

    From 7 Sep 2018 at 10:00 to 7 Sep 2018 at 16:15

    Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/neac-public-consultation-meeting-wellington-tickets-48231992187

    Please view the NEAC website https://neac.health.govt.nz/ for information on this meeting or email NEAC@moh.govt.nz

  • Christchurch Region Consultation Meeting

    From 10 Sep 2018 at 10:00 to 10 Sep 2018 at 16:15

    Register here

    https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/neac-ethics-standards-public-consultation-meeting-chistchurch-tickets-48527504071

  • Dunedin Region Consultation Meeting

    From 12 Sep 2018 at 10:00 to 12 Sep 2018 at 16:15

    Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/neac-ethics-standards-public-consultation-meeting-dunedin-tickets-48464955988

    https://neac.health.govt.nz/

    Please email NEAC@moh.govt.nz if you have any questions

Audiences

  • Members of the public
  • Health sector
  • Disability sector
  • Ministry staff
  • Pharmaceutical companies

Interests

  • Research