Ethics Information for Teachers & Students

NIWA Wellington Regional Science and Technology Fair follows the guidelines set out by the Royal Society and the NZASE guidelines for research.  

Download Ethics Information for Teachers & Students (pdf)

The CREST projects via the Royal Society website are similar to the science fair in terms of ethics.

Animal Ethics

The ANZCCART website is very informative and has useful resources (they also sponsor a prize for a project in which appropriate animal ethics protocols have been observed). The NZASE website also has a lot of information about animal ethics. Use this flowchart to help determine if ethics committee approval is required.

Human Ethics

You can find a human ethics planning form here, and a possible CREST human consent form.  

Based on the below information you, as the teacher, can determine whether ethics approval from a committee is required and ensure that the projects your students carry out meet the conditions set out in the guidelines, and that all human participants (or their parents) will need to be provided with relevant information and fill out a consent form.