Ethical Approval


National Ethics Advisory Committee (NEAC) - Kāhui Matatika o te Motu

The National Ethics Advisory Committee (NEAC) is a committee set up under New Zealand legislation to advise the Minister of Health on ethical issues in health services and research, and determine national ethical standards for the health sector. 

Health and Disability Ethics Committees (HDEC)

The Health and Disability Ethics Committees (HDECs) check that proposed health and disability research meets or exceeds established ethical standards determined NEAC. These ethical standards are contained in the streamlined ethical guidelines for health and disability research (revised July 2012). These standards apply to all health and disability research, regardless of whether HDEC review is required for that research. 

For information and advice on the ethical review of studies by a Health and Disability Ethics Committee visit the HDEC website. From July 2012, all applications to HDECs must be submitted through the Online Forms Website.


  • Medsafe

    Via Email:
    Phone (04) 819 6800
    P O Box 5013
    New Zealand

  • National Co-ordinator of HDECs

    Via Email:
    phone 0800 4 ETHICS (or from outside NZ +64 4 819 6877)
    Ethics Committees
    Ministry of Health
    PO Box 5013
    Wellington 6145
    New Zealand

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