Low | Negligible Risk New Submissions

Low | Negligible Risk New Submissions

This page outlines the SCHN submission processes for Low and Negligible Risk (LNR) research ethics applications. Please carefully read the submission guidelines when preparing your applications, and contact the Research Ethics Office if you have any questions.

There are no submission deadlines for new LNR submissions. Applications are to be submitted via REGIS, where an eligibility check will be performed by the SCHN Research Ethics Office. Once an application is deemed eligible the application will be assigned for review.


About Low and Negligible Risk (LNR) Applications

The National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (updated 2018) provides a broad definition of low and negligible risk:

Type of Project


Negligible Risk

Any foreseeable risk is no more than inconvenience (e.g. short non-personal surveys).

Low Risk

Only foreseeable risk is one of discomfort (e.g. non-invasive medical assessments or anxiety as result of interview/survey)

IMPORTANT: interviews / surveys may be considered as greater than low risk depending on the targeted population group or the content of the surveys / interviews.

Researchers are strongly encouraged to consult with the Research Ethics Office regarding the level of risk in their projects before they begin preparing their applications!

IMPORTANT NOTE: The types of projects outlined in the National Statement, paragraph 5.1.6 must be submitted via the Greater than Low Risk application pathway. Please click on this link for the Greater than Low Risk submission guidelines.

LNR Submission Guidelines & Checklist

Clinical Case Report (CCR) Submission Guidelines

A SCHN clinical case report application is to be completed if you are conducting a retrospective review / case study of less than 10 patient records resulting in the potential for individual identification with publication.

CCR applications are to be submitted via email to SCHN-ethics@health.nsw.gov.au via an organisational email address. Please find below the CCR application form and the CCR Information & Consent Form Template: