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Study Review Fees

A fee is charged for providing a review of a research project. The review process starts when the investigator clicks “submit”.  The study review fee is therefore committed to at that time.

New Protocols

The study review fee funds the cost of any pre-submission assistance; the initial review; costs of the ongoing review of adverse events; protocol violations; site visits and the monitoring of research progress. Ongoing monitoring of the study is included in the study review fee.

Amendments and Extensions

Additional fees are levied for the review and processing of study amendments and extensions. Modifications to research which require specialist review will incur an amendment fee.  Examples include Protocol amendments and Investigator Brochure updates.  This additional fee covers the cost of reviewing the documents and the associated administrative responsibilities.  Substantial modifications to research will require to be reviewed at a full Committee meeting and will incur a substantial amendment fee. Other amendments of a minor administrative nature may incur a fee. This applies to all funded and non-funded studies and sub studies submitted.

Review Outcomes

Fees levied cover the costs of providing the expert review, regardless of the outcome of that review.  To be clear: Fees are charged for the review process, NOT the review decision. Fees remain payable in cases where a study has been rejected by the HREC.

Investigator-Initiated Studies

Non-funded, Investigator-initiated studies are subsidised to 50% of the standard fully-funded fees.

Fee Policy

Further information on Fees can be found in PolicyI001 Administration Fees

Current Fees*

*As of March 2017

Bellberry reserves the right to alter these fees.