Gaining ethical approval for your projects can be a confusing process so here’s a quick guide to help you through.

It is important to gain ethical approval for all your audit and research work.

National ethics approval

The Health and Disability Ethics Committees (HDECs) check that proposed health and disability research meets or exceeds established ethical standards determined by the National Ethics Advisory Committee (NEAC).

Submissions for HDEC approval can be made online by registering at

Locality Approval

Each DHB has a local ethical approval process. Contact your local institutional ethics committee for details on how to proceed at your hospital.

Share your knowledge!

If you have been through the ethics process with your project and have information about the process or key contacts that you would like to share with others then please get in touch