There are around 60 HRECs in NSW. Of these, 22 serve the public health system.
The role of HRECs is to protect the welfare and rights of research participants. The NSW Ministry of Health supports and develops the network of NSW Health HRECs through:
A number of NSW Health HRECs are accredited as ‘lead HRECs’, that is, HRECs accredited by the NSW Ministry of Health to conduct the single ethical and scientific review of multi-centre research projects on behalf of all sites within the NSW public health system.