Researchers are responsible for ensuring that all conditions of approval are adhered to and that any modifications to the protocol, including changes to personnel, are approved prior to implementation. Researchers are also responsible for ensuring that they adhere to the requirements of the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2023), the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2018) and the University's Research Code of Conduct.

Modifications may include changes to:

  • procedures
  • duration
  • personnel
  • recruitment methods
  • number and type of participants
  • supporting documents (i.e. questionnaires, PICF).

How do I apply for a modification?

To request a modification, please download and complete the 'Modification Form' below and send to

The ACU HREC will review the proposed modifications and determine if a new application is required. Where projects are being broadened, please ensure a new peer review is submitted.

Ensure to attach any additional relevant documents such as:

  • a revised Participant Information Letter/Consent form
  • recruitment advertisement
  • letter of support etc.

Revised documentation must be identified with a version number and date. It is your responsibility to ensure you are providing the most recent approved version of all documents with track-changes enabled. Modifications will be returned, and the process delayed if all information is not received as above.

Name Purpose Format Link
Modification Form for Research Project Use this form before implementing any changes to your approved study. .docx Download

Modifications are usually processed within 10 working days, if not sooner, however, may take up to 20 working days to be approved (especially if there are further comments or information is required).

Page last updated on 05/04/2024

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