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Auckland DHB Research Review Committee (RRC)


  • 1.1       To function as a sub-committee of the ADHB Research Governance Committee advising the CMO and SLT on research and contracts particularly in areas of innovation, quality, risk and approvals.

    1.2       To act as a scientific advisory committee and review and approve or delegate approval of all research that involves the AUCKLAND DHB.

    1.3       To provide peer oversight and expert advice to enable the organisation to achieve AUCKLAND DHB goals of supporting and promoting high quality research. The Committee will have an advisory role on ways of encouraging more research activity in the organisation.

    1.4       To identify areas of potential growth in high quality research and to promote mechanisms to stimulate appropriate research programmes in such areas.

    1.5       To contribute to and promote the development and implementation of the AUCKLAND DHB research strategy.

    1.6       To provide a conduit for the accountability of researchers via the Research Governance Committee and SLT. 

    1.7       To establish a subcommittee (if necessary) to review research applications.

Note full terms of reference for the Research Review Committee [PDF, 419 KB] are available.

Reviewing and approving research at the Auckland DHB

Research will need to at a minimum, demonstrate the following characteristics:

  • Evidence of scientific rigor and sound/innovative practice (includes evidence of previous scientific assessment, i.e. AMRF, HRC, Collaborative Groups).
  •  Internal applications must be consistent with Auckland DHB policy, goals and objectives
  • Comply with any current regulations, standards, guidelines, statutes and all ethics approval processes.
  • Comply with Auckland DHB management approval processes. Choose either link for the process that suits your application: Auckland DHB standard research approval pathway for moderate to high risk observational studies, all interventional studies and studies with budgets; OR Auckland DHB research approval pathway for Low Risk Studies.
  • Have an appropriate budget and costing for undertaking the research, including indirect costs.

All research is reviewed by the Research Review Committee using the appropriate application form and accompanied by a full budget and other supportive documentation as described above.

The RRC meet monthly and the committee’s decision and feedback will be forwarded to the investigator usually within two working days after each meeting. If small changes are required, the researcher can make these changes and submit them to the Research Office who will respond within two working days.


Robyn Billing, Kim Brackley, Stefan Brew, Michael Collins, Eamon Duffy, Sanjeev Deva, Kevin Ellyett, Iris Fontanilla, Andrew Knox, Helen Lindsay, Colin McArthur (Chair), Stephen Ritchie, Jithendra Somaratne, Ken Whyte, Michelle Wilson, Nichola Wilson.

Research Review Committee 2021 agenda deadlines and meeting dates

The Research Office requests that all documentation required for the RRC is received at the office by 5pm on the Monday two weeks before the meeting. 

Applications to Research Office

RRC Meeting Date

11th Jan 2021

25th Jan 2021

8th Feb 2021

22nd Feb 2021

8th Mar 2021

22nd Mar 2021

5th April 2021

19th April 2021

17th May 2021

31st May 2021

14th June 2021

28th June 2021

5th July 2021

19th July 2021

8th Aug 2021

23rd Aug 2021

6th Sept 2021

20th Sept 2021

4th Oct 2021

18th Oct 2021

1st Nov 2021

15th Nov 2021

29th Nov 2021

13th Dec 2021