The following information is for researchers who wish to submit their research proposals for review under the National Mutual Acceptance (NMA) scheme. This information will tell you where to complete Ethics applications and Site Specific Assessment (SSA) applications for NMA studies.
Tasmania and Northern Territory now part of National Mutual Acceptance (NMA) Scheme - April, 2021
The NMA scheme has recently been bolstered to include all Australian states and territories. NSW NMA certified HRECs, in their capacity as a lead HREC, can approve the addition of sites in the Northern Territory and Tasmania.
To conduct research in the Northern Territory applications will need an additional review by a specialist ethics committee formed by Menzies School of Medical Research. If there are further questions about conducting research in Tasmania and Northern Territory please do not hesitate to contact the Tasmanian Research Governance Office or Menzies HREC. Guidance on the Northern Territory site specific assessment (SSA) process and forms are available from the NT Health research website, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2018, some National Mutual Acceptance (NMA) jurisdictions moved - or are in the process of moving - from using the common Online Forms research application platform, to using various other platforms.
As of 16 July 2018, six NMA jurisdictions (NSW, Victoria, Queensland, ACT, South Australia and Western Australia) are using three different application platforms. While research applicants proposing studies under NMA will need to work within multiple platforms, the theory behind the process for creating those applications remains the same:
Generating an SSA in REGIS for NMA projects
REGIS has been developed with the intention of supporting NMA projects. For projects that have been reviewed by a participating public health jurisdiction HREC, but involves a NSW Health site, the SSA for the NSW Health site should usually be generated in REGIS but check with the individual NSW site first. For a step-by-step guide on how to register the project and create an SSA in REGIS, please refer to the quick reference guide here.