In line with the UOW College Hong Kong’s Policy on Research Integrity, Principal Investigators (PIs) should apply to the Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) for ethical clearance for research involving human participants.

There is no deadline for applications for ethical clearance. The processing time from submission of application to notification of approval will normally take not more than a month, provided that the submitted application form is properly completed with all required documents attached. In addition, PIs of RGC’s FDS, IIDS, IDS proposals are cautioned particularly to submit their applications for ethical approval before submission of their application to RGC, where such ethical approval is required but has not yet been obtained by the RGC deadline, the application will be regarded as being withdrawn.

It is the responsibility of the PI to make sure that such ethical approval has been obtained prior to any data collection/analysis taking place. Failure to obtain necessary ethical approval will cause rejection of research grant applications, and may require recollection of data and possible disciplinary action.

Applications for ethical approval should be submitted to the Secretary, the HREC, UOW College Hong Kong.

Please use the following links to find out more:

Policy, Procedures and Guidelines

Application and Report Forms

Consent Forms and Samples