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Mandatory requirements in relation to the approval, administration, coordination, and management of all research across SA Health
The Southern Adelaide Clinical Human Research Ethics Committee (SAC HREC) reviews research involving humans, their tissue, or their data to ensure research participants are accorded the respect and protection that is due to them. The SAC HREC is a joint committee of the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN) and Flinders University.
The committee is constituted under the requirements of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2023) and is certified by the NHMRC to undertake multisite review under the National Mutual Acceptance Scheme.
The SAC HREC operates under the SA Health Research Ethics and Governance Policy, including the provision of single ethical review under the SA Health Single Review Model.
Since 2 April 2012, SA Health has mandated a streamlined approach to ethical review within the SA public health system resulting in a single review model. This approach has resulted in a single scientific and ethical review by a chosen lead HREC for multi-site research being undertaken across the SA public health system.
As a chosen lead HREC, the SAC HREC reviews multi-site and single site clinical research being undertaken within SA Health (including the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network) and Flinders University, which involves: patients, staff or visitors; research involving the administration of drugs; and applications from external organisations which have requested the SAC HREC review studies on their behalf.