National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research - Australian Government

Service summary

You may be required to comply with this code if you intend to undertake research involving human embryos.

The Agency will consider the provisions of this code when determining applications for a licence to undertake research involving human embryos.

This statement provides a national reference point for ethical considerations relevant to all research involving humans. It provides guidance for researchers, ethics committees, institutions, organisations and the public on how such research should be designed and conducted so as to conform to those principles and reflect those values.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice can be either a legal requirement or non-legal requirement. Legal codes of practice are defined as a result of legislation. Non-legal codes of practice are defined by industry regulators and bodies.

Administering agency

Licensing and Compliance

Act(s) name

Research Involving Human Embryos Act 2002 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Research Involving Human Embryos Regulations 2003 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Licensing and Compliance

Mailing address:
GPO BOX 1421
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601


02 62179000




02 62179175

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