Bond University Human Research Ethics Committee (BUHREC) is committed to protecting the welfare and rights of human participants in research conducted by members of the Bond University community.
In doing so, BUHREC will promote ethically, socially, scientifically and legally responsible research activity among all members of Bond University.
BUHREC seeks to promote the Bond University vision of being a leading independent university with high moral values and world standing in its scholarship, by ensuring that research at the University meets the ideals and guidelines set out in the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Research Involving Humans, developed jointly by the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Australian Research Council and the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee.
Appointment of Members
Members are appointed for renewable terms of 2 years by invitation of the Chair of BUHREC. The Chair will advise the Bond University Research Committee of the nomination. No limit is placed on the number of terms a member may serve. However, members have tended to serve for two terms.
Upon completion of a term and discontinuation of membership, a former member may be invited to serve in the role of the relevant alternate member to ensure continuity of experience.
Members are provided with the necessary training and/or resource materials necessary to consider the ethical merits of protocol applications.
BUHREC Membership Composition (pdf 75K)
Research Integrity at Bond
Researchers and research organisations are entrusted by the community with the responsibility to undertake research for the benefit of us all. Research Integrity is a vital part of maintaining that trust. As part of Bond’s commitment to integrity all research at the University is required to meet the guidelines set out in the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.
The Code sets out the guidelines determined by the National Health and Medical Research Council and Universities Australia for responsible research in this country. The Code has broad relevance across all research disciplines, guiding institutions and researchers in responsible research practices. It explains how institutions and researchers should:
- Manage breaches of the Code and allegations of research misconduct (including the responsibilities and rights of researchers if they witness research misconduct)
- Maintain research data and materials
- Publish and disseminate research findings, including proper attribution of authorship
- Undertake fair conduct and effective peer review
- Maintain transparency and manage conflicts of interest or potential conflicts of interest
- Display intellectual honesty in proposing, performing, and reporting research.
- Maintain accuracy in representing contributions to research proposals and reports.
- Behave collegially in scientific interactions, including communications and sharing of resources.
- Protect human subjects in the conduct of research.
- Undertake humane care of animals in the conduct of research.
- Adhere to the mutual responsibilities between investigators and their research participants.
More guidance, policy and procedure can be found on the staff intranet in the following documents:
- The Code of Good Practice in Research Procedure located in the Bond University Researchers Guide
- The Code of Conduct for Research Policy (TLR5.06)
- The Bond University Research Ethics Policy (TLR8.01)
Breaches of the Code and research misconduct
If you become aware of activities that you believe may constitute research misconduct or a lesser breach of the Australian Code, there are a number of options open to you. Staff and students may, in the first instance, report suspected breaches of the code to your Head of School or research unit. If the matter involves a serious breach, or if you do not wish to discuss it with your HOS, you may refer the matter directly to the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Research.
Contact – Pro Vice Chancellor of Research
Office of Research Services
BUHREC has developed principles to implement the National Statement of Ethical Conduct in Research Involving Humans throughout Bond University.
Interim Procedure for Animal Use for Scientific Purposes