The ethics review process in New Zealand is undertaken by any one of five Health and Disability Ethics Committees (HDECs). The process is centralised and involves on-line submission and correspondence. There is a meeting of at least one committee every week and application may be made to any one of the committees. There is no charge for review by an HDEC in NZ and they are required to respond within set timelines.
As part of the application process consultation must be undertaken with a local Māori consultation group. Māori are the indigenous people of New Zealand and have some specific issues that need to be addressed by those performing clinical research. P3 Research has established relationships with local Māori consultation groups and will apply for support on behalf of the sponsor. This process does not delay HDEC approval.
P3 Research has extensive experience in filing ethics applications. If you would like more information about this process please contact us.