University research policies regarding self-experimentation

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To the University.

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

Policy, The University of Western Australia

Hi Mark,


If you search for “research” on the Policy Library
[1] you’ll find the Research Integrity
Policy.  I think you’ll find what you need there.  I can be sure as the
policy administrator for this one is unavailable right now.  While there
is nothing explicitly mentioned re: self-experimentation, there are
controls in there that reference the National Statement on Ethical Conduct
in Human Research etc.


Hope that helps somewhat. 



Tim McMahon (he/him/his)

Manager Policy

M461, Perth WA 6009 Australia

+61 8 6488 8722  •  +61 450557650  •  [email address]











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Dear Tim,
Many thanks for the prompt reply and for the information link.

Yours sincerely,

Mark R. Diamond