The HRC is committed to ensuring that all research involving human participants is based on good science, meets ethical standards, and complies with international best practice.  To achieve this, (i) all health and disability research involving human participants funded by the HRC requires appropriate ethical approval from an approved ethics committee in New Zealand; and (ii) HRC-funded clinical trials, innovative treatment evaluation or community intervention studies are adequately monitored, to ensure the safety of participants and the integrity of the collected data is protected. 

The HRC Ethics Committee requires that ethical approval from an approved ethics committee is obtained before HRC funding for any proposed research may commence. 

The HRC Data Monitoring Core Committee ensures that trials which require data and safety monitoring are adequately monitored.