General FAQs

Does the NSC have the right expertise for my research?

Please call us on 08 8361 3222 if you wish to discuss whether one of the NSCs is right for your research. You can also email us at nsc@bellberry.com.au.

How should I submit my application?

In the first instance, please send an email to nsc@bellberry.com.au

How does the NSC interact with National Mutual Acceptance (NMA)?

The NSC project aims to support NMA processes and infrastructure by providing scientific advice during protocol development or at the time of HREC review.

A NSC review is not an HREC review, and can be used to complement HRECs working within the NMA framework. 

How long will the NSC Pilot run?

The pilot project is now under review and therefore no further applications can be accepted at this time. However if you have any queries or future interest please email nsc@bellberry.com.au.

How does review by an NSC interact with HREC review?

If the applicant is an investigator or a sponsor, the scientific opinion provided by an NSC can then be used to contribute to the development of the research proposal.  In this instance, the NSC review does not interact with an HREC review.

If the applicant is an HREC, then the scientific opinion can be used either to inform the scientific review conducted by the HREC or its scientific sub-committee OR it can be used by an HREC to replace that scientific review.

How long will the process take?

Applicants will receive feedback within 3 weeks of the acceptance of a submission. Within that 3 weeks, timelines may vary depending on the scheduling of meetings.

If NSC reviews my research does that mean I can only use Bellberry's HREC for my ethics review?

No, the NSCs are a separate review process from Bellberry’s ethics review services. A proposal reviewed by the NSC can be submitted to any HREC that is constituted and operating in accordance with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research. Note that this requires that the NSC review must be completed prior to submission to an HREC or, if the applicant is an HREC, that the NSC review must be completed prior to HREC review.


The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is Australia's leading expert body for supporting health and medical research; for developing health advice for the Australian community, health professionals and governments; and for providing advice on ethical behaviour