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

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Freedom of Information, Australian National University

Dear Mark


In response to your request we have consulted with the Office of Research
and Innovation Services and can advise that:


ANU does not have a specific policy that deals with self-experimentation
solely, however, we would expect that any such research would require
review by the Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) and that the research
would be reviewed under the National Statement as for all human research.


The following links to publicly available University webpages provide
further details:


Human Research Ethics Committee


ANU Human Ethics application


Human Ethics Team


Policy: Responsible Conduct of Research


Responsible Research Practice


Research Integrity Advisors



Further information can be sought from the Human Ethics Team via
[7][email address].






Megan Easton

Senior Data Governance Officer

Scholarly Information Services

The Australian National University

R.G Menzies Building, ACT 2600

[8][email address]

CRICOS Provider #00120C






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Dear Megan,
Many thanks for the information.
Yours sincerely,

Mark R. Diamond