Research projects which involve the use of animals or the use of human subjects must receive prior ethical clearance. While the responsibility for this rests with the supervisor, it is expected that the candidate will be actively involved in drafting information and preparing documents to lodge with the application. Detailed guidelines are included with the applications for animal or human ethics clearance, and are available from the school offices or Research Services (telephone (02) 4921 7733). In some instances applications are also required for ethics clearance from other institutional ethics committees, for example the Hunter Area Health Service, the Department of School Education, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.
Research projects that involve the use of recombinant DNA, biologically hazardous materials, chemically hazardous materials, carcinogens, teratogens, radioisotopes, ionising radiation and non-ionising radiation or which involve other recognisable hazards must be given clearance by the University Safety Officer, and this should be arranged through the supervisor.