Frequently Asked Questions

National Statement

Where can I find information regarding research conduct?
The National Statement consists of a series of guidelines made in accordance with the National Health and Medical Research Council Act 1992. It is intended for use by: 1. any researcher conducting research with human participants; 2. any member of an ethical review body reviewing that research; 3. those involved in research governance; and 4. potential research participants. The National Statement is developed jointly by the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian Research Council and Universities Australia. It replaced the 1999 National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Research Involving Humans. Compliance with the National Statement is a prerequisite for receipt of NHMRC funding. A copy of the National Statement can be found here:

Australian Codes

Are there any Australian Codes for research conduct?
There is the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. It can be found at this site: The purpose of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (the Code) is to guide institutions and researchers in responsible research practices. In describing good practice, this Code promotes integrity in research for researchers and explains what is expected of researchers by the community.


Issues of consent: Guardianship and Administration Act 1986
Please see for information regarding what to do in issues of consent (i.e., requesting consent from vulnerable people and from guardians as well as procedural authorisation)

Packaging and Transport of Specimens

What are the requirements for the packaging and transport of pathological specimens and associated materials?
Please refer to the Requirements for the Packaging and Transport of Pathology Specimens and Associated Materials (4th Edition 2013). This manual can be found here: