Low | Negligible Risk New Submissions

 Low | Negligible Risk New Submissions

This page outlines the SCHN submission processes for the ethical review of Low and Negligible Risk (LNR) research. 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.

 Please carefully read the following submission guidelines when preparing your ethics applications, and contact the Research Ethics Office if you have any questions. There are no submission closing dates for LNRs. You can submit your application when you are ready.

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: