Research governance

Research governance

Clinical trial governance

The Blood Service is committed to translating the results of our research into improvements for donors and patients. Our investigators carefully plan trials of new interventions to ensure we have solid evidence for any changes to practice.

Our research complies with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2007).

Research advisory committees

R&D at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service undergoes regular reviews of scientific content, strategic direction and governance.

A Research Framework has been developed in consultation with government to guide our research direction. The framework outlines the scope of research activities at the Blood Service, defines the governance of the program and guides consultation and collaboration between the Blood Service and its stakeholders. As part of the Research Framework, all R&D project proposals are submitted for independent peer review to a Research Advisory Committee consisting of local and international experts in the blood sector.

Outcomes from research projects are reported annually to the National Blood Authority, and published in peer reviewed journals.

Research in the area of Transplantation and Immunogenetics is reviewed by the Transplant Research Advisory Committee

Research ethics

The Blood Service Ethics Committee is a Human Research Ethics Committee established and operating in accordance with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (NHMRC 2007).

Why is ethical review important?

Ethical review helps to protect the welfare, rights, dignity and safety of research participants and researchers. The Blood Service ethics policy is based on the requirements outlined in the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research, and all research is conducted in accordance with this document.

For more information about ethics at the Blood Service contact

Find out who is on our ethics committee or read the PDF iconEthics Committee Terms of Reference.

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