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​​​​Welcome to the Research Governance Service (RGS)

RGS Support will not be available on Monday 3 June 2024 for the WA Foundation Day Public Holiday

WA Health is undergoing a reform of its human research ethics review process.


The current WA Health Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) administered by the Health Service Providers (HSPs) will transition into the WA Health Central HREC. The new HREC will be administered by the Department of Health and supported by a Centre for Research Ethics (CORE). The new HREC will meet weekly, the ethics submission process will be streamlined and access to research support will be expanded. 


The transition to the WA Health Central HREC will take 12 months, beginning in mid-2024.


Please visit WA health system ethics reform for further information.


Notice* The National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2023 was issued on 29 June 2023. The 2023 National Statement will take effect, and replace, the 2007 National Statement from 1 January 2024. The 2023 National Statement and a summary of amendments can be found on NHMRC's website.

RGS supports the research governance framework for all human research conducted within WA Health or accessing WA Health participants, their tissue or data.

The RGS is a centralised IT system for investigators, project members, sponsors, site administrators, Human Research Ethics Committees and Research Governance Offices. Enabling the completion, submission, administration, tracking and reporting of research projects through their life cycle including ethics approval, site authorisation, monitoring and publications..

The RGS must be used to process all ethics and governance applications involving WA public health organisations. 
We recommend using Edge Chromium as the supported web browser for RGS. Other web browsers are not supported and may result in functionality issues. 

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WA Specific Information
Please visit this page for information specific to WA including information about adults with impaired capacity or who are unable to consent, the Department of Health data collections and data linkage, WA Health biobanks and Aboriginal people.

COVID-19: Guidance on clinical trials for institutions, HRECs, researchers and sponsors
Please refer to the joint statement published by the Australian Department of Health for up-to-date general information and advice on conducting and overseeing clinical trials within the COVID-19 context. This joint statement reflects the shared views of various state and territory stakeholders within the clinical trial environment, including the WA Department of Health.


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