University research policies regarding self-experimentation

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I would be grateful if you would, if possible, deal with this request under administrative arrangements rather than invoking the cumbersome machinery of the Freedom of Information/Right to Information Act.

I am seeking a copy of any policy documents that your university has (most likely with your Human Research Ethics Committee [HREC], or similar) regarding research involving self-experimentation, by which I mean those projects or experiments in which the only participant is the researcher themselves.

I am particularly interested in (i) whether your university has an explicit policy regarding self-experimentation, and (ii) whether self-experimentation requires HREC review.

Yours faithfully,

Mark R. Diamond

Jane King, Swinburne University of Technology

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Dear Mark


Thank you for your enquiry.


Swinburne University’s Human Research Ethics Committee does not have a
specific policy document regarding self-experimentation. In terms of
whether self-experimentation requires HREC review, Swinburne’s Human
Research Ethics Committee follows the National Statement on Ethical
Conduct in [1]Human Research 2007 (updated 2018) to guide its decision
making in relation to what needs ethics review.


Swinburne’s ethics information is available at






Jane King | Manager, Research Ethics, Integrity and Biosafety

Research Services | Swinburne University of Technology  

P +61 3 9214 8069  E [3][email address]

Level 1, Swinburne Place South

24 Wakefield St, Hawthorn VIC 3122, Australia



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Dear Jane,
Many thanks for the reply and for the information.
Yours sincerely,

Mark R. Diamond

Jane King, Swinburne University of Technology

Thank you for your email.


I am on leave and will be back in the office on Thursday 16 February 2023
and will respond to your email on my return.


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