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.

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Mark R. Diamond

FOI Officer, Victoria University

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Deborah Zion, Victoria University

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Dear Mark
Your requst was forwarded to me in my capacity as the Chair, HREC.
We do not have an explicit policy, but yes, self expereimentaion
would/does require ethics review.
With kind regards

Associate Professor Deborah Zion

Chair VU Human Research Ethics Committee

Office for Researcher Training Quality and Integrity

Victoria University

Phone 03 9919 4058


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Dear Dr Zion,
Many thanks for taking the time to reply, and for the information.
Yours sincerely,

Mark R. Diamond