How does NZEC function?
The committee’s interaction with applicants differs from normal practice. Applicants will receive notification prior to the meeting if NZEC has any concerns with their application. This innovation requires a great level of commitment from the committee members. Applications submitted for each meeting will be assigned to a pairing of two ethics committee members. Their task will be to read and comment on the application prior to the committee meeting emailing their critique to the other committee members allowing them to read the application informed by this opinion. This pre-committee summary may also be sent to the applicant to make them aware of some of the initial ethical issues arising from their application prior to attending the meeting. The task of the full ethics committee is not only to highlight ethical dilemmas, but in a spirit of cooperation with applicants to resolve satisfactorily these issues with the applicant, if possible.
Is NZEC an accredited ethics committee?
- The NZ Ethics Committee provides independent ethics review for non-health, non-tertiary research occurring in New Zealand. Its role is to safeguard the rights, health and wellbeing of consumers and research participants and in particular any persons with diminished autonomy.
- While it reviews research from an ethical point of view, the NZ Ethics Committee does not guarantee the success or otherwise of the proposed research, nor does it assume responsibility for any legal liability that might be incurred by the researcher in the course of carrying out the research.
- The researcher agrees to indemnify the NZ Ethics Committee against any action against the Committee by a third party as the result of the research. The researcher would be well advised to investigate and secure appropriate indemnity insurance as this will not be carried by the NZ Ethics Committee.