Millions of dollars worth of Australian health and medical researchers' time is being wasted on: submitting the same forms to multiple review committees; or submitting forms for negligible risk research that should not need formal oversight. These unnecessary applications waste huge amounts of time and money, and are impeding health and medical research in Australia.
Previous fixes to the system have been inadequate as many site-specific processes remain in place. Excessive paperwork slows collaborative research projects and clinical trials, and in some cases may even prevent research from taking place.
We want a national inquiry to examine the entire system of ethics and governance approvals.
Many other countries have far simpler approval systems. The fragmented Australian system is hampering our ability to conduct research by tying up researchers in wasteful knots of unnecessary paperwork.
We want national systems with standardised forms that are used by every state and territory health department.
Recent studies by Australian researchers on the time wasted by unnecessary approvals are available here, here or here.
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Adrian Barnett, Queensland University of Technology
Jennifer Byrne, University of Sydney
Amanda Rush, University of Sydney
Anna Scott, Bond University
Natalie Taylor, University of Sydney