Ethics approval

Victoria University of Wellington has a Human Ethics Committee and an Animal Ethics Committee.

Human Ethics Committee

The role of the University Human Ethics Committee (HEC) is to ensure that staff and students are aware of the ethical issues involved in teaching and research and to provide guidance with regard to ethical standards.

Certain research and teaching activities require prior HEC approval in order to protect the interests of potential participants as well as the researcher or teacher.

Teaching or research that involves human participants or human tissue or affects people’s privacy, rights and freedoms, is subject to Human Ethics Committee Guidelines.

Animal Ethics Committee

The University has a code of ethical conduct, approved by the Director-General of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, for the use of live animals for teaching and research. Teaching or research involving animal subjects must be approved in advance by the Animal Ethics Committee (AEC).