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Human Ethics Committee

The Forensic and Scientific Services Human Ethics Committee is constituted and functions in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council's (NHMRC) National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research. The Committee is responsible for reviewing:

  • the use of human samples submitted to Forensic and Scientific Services for testing
  • the use of data about human subjects held at Forensic and Scientific Services
  • access to coronial autopsies, including retrieval of tissue, for purposes other than coronial investigation
  • non-research practices at Forensic and Scientific Services that raise ethical issues.

The Committee is registered with the NHMRC; registration number EC00305.

The terms of reference and standard operating procedure document (DOC, 906.0 KB) outline the scope of the Committee's responsibilities.

For more information, contact the secretariat.

Submitting a research application

Information about how to submit an application for consideration to the Forensic and Scientific Services Human Ethics Committee.


Here you'll find the meeting calendar for the FSS Human Ethics Committee.


FSS Human Ethics Committee members are appointed as per section 5.1.30 of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research.

Last updated: 1 November 2021