Bellberry Limited is a national, private not-for-profit Australian company.
Bellberry was formed in 2004 following the recognition of a need for a Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) to service the valuable human and health research being conducted within the private sector.
Bellberry Limited commenced with one Human Research Ethics Committee offering a monthly meeting to researchers in South Australia. The concept of the private, unaffiliated, non institutional based HREC grew and Bellberry now manages weekly meetings for health and medical researchers across Australia.
Bellberry’s Human Research Ethics Committees are the first of their type within Australia and are registered with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
Bellberry HRECs are designed to provide independent ethics review, and where appropriate, approve and monitor human research projects, clinical trials and medical studies.
The Committees are professionally managed and will guarantee rapid turn around times for assessment of health research proposals.
Any surplus funds generated by the activities of the Committees are donated back into the Australian medical research community.
Bellberry Human Research Ethics Committees comply with the strict guidelines for clinical trials as set by the NHMRC and ensure that "all kinds of research involving or impacting on humans conform to the highest standards of ethical practice and academic integrity."
Bellberry is committed to continual business and quality improvement and has implemented eProtocol, an online software system for making submissions and managing health research application processes.
This online system allows medical researchers to track the progress of their applications at all times, and reduces the many frustrations associated with paper based submissions.