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National Mutual Acceptance

National Mutual Acceptance (NMA) is the system of single scientific and ethical review of multi-centre human research projects across Australian jurisdictions (public health organisations only). New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, the ACT, Western Australia and South Australia are current NMA participants, and other jurisdictions may join in the future.

Scope

While previously limited to the review of clinical trials, as of 14 December 2015, NMA supports the single review of all multi-centre human research proposals as defined in the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007) or any replacement of that document, for which an application must be made to a HREC for the purpose of being conducted at a public health organisation. This includes low and negligible risk research review by a full HREC using a national ethics form.

Exclusions

The following research proposals are excluded from consideration under NMA in South Australia:

  • Phase 0 (first time in human) and Phase 1 clinical trials
  • Human research proposals involving South Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participants or which have an Aboriginal health focus, for which applications will need to be reviewed by the SA Aboriginal Human Research Ethics Committee (AHREC) in addition to a NMA certified HREC.

Submission requirements

To submit a research proposal for review under NMA, the proposal must be completed on the HREA hosted on Online Forms and submitted to a suitable Certified SA Health HREC.

For information on specific HREC requirements including meeting dates, prospective HREC applicants should contact the appropriate SA Health HREC directly.

Research governance requirements

It is a requirement that a Site Specific Assessment (SSA) form is completed by the Principal Investigator and submitted to each SA Health site/organisation where a NMA project is being conducted.The SSA should be submitted to the appropriate Research Governance Officer (RGO) for review.

The SSA must be completed on Online Forms.

For further information on SA Health RGOs, please refer to the Research Governance Officer contacts (PDF 45KB).

Further information

For further information on National Mutual Acceptance, please see the following documents:

 

For general enquiries about NMA in South Australia, please contact Health.DHAResearch@sa.gov.au

Certified Ethics Committees

The following SA Health Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) have been certified by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to conduct the single ethical and scientific review of NMA human research proposals relevant to their expertise.

Women's and Children's Health Network HREC (EC00197)

Women’s and Children’s Health Network Human Research Ethics Committee certification categories include:

  • clinical trials phase I, II, III, IV
  • clinical trials drugs and devices
  • clinical trials surgery
  • clinical trials other
  • clinical interventional research other than clinical trials
  • population health and/or public health
  • qualitative research
  • mental health
  • paediatric research
  • other health and medical research
    • women’s health
    • genetic studies
    • oncology
    • tissue banking.

Southern Adelaide Clinical Human Research Ethics Committee (EC00188)

Southern Adelaide Clinical Human Research Ethics Committee certification categories include:

  • clinical trials phase II, III, IV
  • qualitative research
  • mental health
  • paediatric research
  • other health and medical research:
    • palliative care
    • oncology
    • intensive care.

Royal Adelaide Hospital Research Ethics Committee (EC00192)

Royal Adelaide Hospital Research Ethics Committee certification categories include:

  • clinical trials phase I, II, III, IV
  • clinical trials drugs and devices
  • clinical trials surgery
  • clinical interventional research other than clinical trials
  • population health and/or public health
  • qualitative research
  • mental health.

Human Research Ethics Committee - The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Lyell McEwin Hospital and the Modbury Hospital (EC00190)

Human Research Ethics Committee (EC00190) certification categories include:

  • clinical trials phase I, II, III, IV
  • clinical trials drugs and devices
  • clinical trials surgery
  • clinical interventional research other than clinical trials
  • population health and/or public health
  • qualitative research
  • mental health.

SA Department for Health and Ageing Human Research Ethics Committee (EC00304)

SA Department for Health and Ageing Human Research Ethics Committee certification categories include:

  • population health and/or public health
  • qualitative research
  • mental health
  • other health and medical research
    • data linkage research.

 

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