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Research Compliance

Research staff are benefiting from streamlined administration, assessment and review processes with the delivery of an integrated research management system, InfoEd, which enhances Curtin University’s and Curtin researcher’s compliance to federal and state legislations. The new system reduces cost, time and inefficacy.

2017 outcome
Achievements
Benefits

2017 outcome

In 2017, the project will deliver the Hazardous Materials module within InfoEd, for all University researchers and Higher Degree by Research students.

The module will assist in managing compliance with federal, local and institutional requirements for use of potentially harmful biological, chemical and radioactive substances in research projects. It will enable protocol tracking, compliance monitoring and streamline business process tasks including committee meetings.

Achievements

InfoEd, a new online research management system for Human and Animal Ethics, converts the current paper based system to a system that manages the lifecycle and work flow of ethics applications.

These improvements ensure that recommendations from previous Curtin Research audits to implement an electronic data management system are satisfied.

Benefits

Human and Animal modules

  1. Satisfies recommendations of three Curtin Research audits that identified the need for an electronic data management system:
    • Triennial External Review of Animal Ethics (October 2013)
    • Human and Animal Research Internal Audit (November 2013)
    • Review of Research Integrity, Governance, and Implementation at Curtin University (September 2014)
  1. Reduction in information errors.
  2. Automated ethics application completeness checks.
  3. Streamlined business processes for researchers and Human Research Ethics Office.
  4. Research administration time and costs are reduced while compliance and transparency of research are increased.

Hazardous Materials module

  1. Improved legislation compliance through developing a module that tracks and monitors Hazardous Materials applications and permissions.
  2. Improved researcher and research staff satisfaction by developing a module that will manage request, workflow and approvals.
  3. Improved hazardous materials data management by implementing a central module to manage hazardous materials information.
  4. Improved permissions monitoring by implementing a new module that has the ability to send automatic alerts and generate automatic reports.
  5. Improved access to hazardous materials information by implementing a central module that contains detailed hazardous materials data and has granular access management capability.
  6. Improved legislation compliance through implementing a module that provides a secure and permanent record of compliance activities to satisfactorily meet potential auditing requirements.