Ethical Conduct

How and why we practice ethical conduct

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Human Performance Science (HPS) is an advocate for, and strongly encourages, ethical conduct and ethical human research practices.

At HPS, we ensure all research conducted with humans is respectful and ethical. For every research project we provide an ethical research agreement that clearly descirbes how we will conduct oursleves ehtically (and is signed by each of our staff members). This self-managed research ethics process has numerous benefits for our clients. The below figure illustrates the differences between the HPS approach to ethics and that of a Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC).







With extensive experience navigating the HREC ethics process, HPS have refined their practice for meticulously addressing the benefits vs. risks, participant safety and privacy, information and data security, and maintaining objectivity.


The submission and approval process for a HREC application can delay a project’s initiation by up to 3 months. Further delays may also occur if a variation to ethics is required (which is not uncommon).


HPS and its clients often have a much deeper understanding of the risks and benefits of the proposed research when compared to an external HREC. This lends itself to superior project outcomes for the client.


The HPS research process allows unforeseen variables to be addressed without compromising ethical conduct or the project timeline. If HREC approval has been granted, all variations must be addressed in a submission of variation. 


Receiving HREC approval does not increase accountability, rather, it is a promise to produce ethical research. HPS follows a set of clear ethical principles that both the client and HPS agree to prior to project commencement.