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Australian Defence Human Research Ethics Commitee

Australian Defence Human Research Ethics Committee


The Australian Defence Medical Ethics Committee (ADMEC) was established by the Chief of the Defence Force and the Secretary of Defence as a non-statutory body in 1988. The first meeting of ADMEC was held in November 1989. The Committee was renamed Australian Defence Human Research Ethics Committee (ADHREC) in 2001.

Following a Government decision to merge the ADHREC and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Human Research Ethics Committee, a new joint human research ethics committee was established on 1 July 2017.

For historical information on ADHREC please refer to http://www.defence.gov.au/health/shc/ddhrc/

Further information of the Departments of Defence and Veterans’ Affairs Human Research Ethics Committee is available at http://www.defence.gov.au/health/hrec/