The Medical Sciences IDREC (MS IDREC) and Social Sciences and Humanities IDREC (SSH IDREC) use a number of ‘CUREC approved procedures’, which are essentially documents approved by CUREC for how to approach and conduct certain types of research or intervention. Their main function is to reduce the need for researchers to apply for ethical review using a full CUREC 2 application form. By agreeing to conduct research within the scope of a CUREC approved procedure, researchers may apply for ethical review and approval using the process for lower-risk research (ie by completing a CUREC 1 or CUREC 1A checklist). Each approved procedure is reviewed at least every five years to ensure that it remains fit for purpose.
Approved procedures operate by:
- assessing risk in a given specialised research area and permitting projects to proceed 'under CUREC approved procedures' if they can demonstrate minimised risk
- setting standards of good research conduct in these specialised areas
In general, in order to be eligible to apply for ethical review and approval using the process for lower-risk research, researchers may cite only one CUREC approved procedure.
For some studies within the Medical Sciences Division, it may be possible to conduct the research under the auspices of two separate approved procedures without the need to complete a CUREC 2 application. Please contact the MS IDREC Secretariat to enquire about your specific study.