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Te Whatu Ora | Te Toka Tumai Auckland - Auckland Research Review Committee (RRC)


  • 1.1       To function as a sub-committee of the Te Whatu Ora | Te Toka Tumai Auckland 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 Te Whatu Ora | Te Toka Tumai Auckland.

    1.3       To provide peer oversight and expert advice to enable the organisation to achieve Te Whatu Ora | Te Toka Tumai Auckland's 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 Te Whatu Ora | Te Toka Tumai Auckland 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 Te Whatu Ora | Te Toka Tumai Auckland

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

  • Evidence of scientific rigour and sound/innovative practice (includes evidence of previous scientific assessment, i.e. AMRF, HRC, Collaborative Groups).
  •  Internal applications must be consistent with Te Whatu Ora | Te Toka Tumai Auckland's policy, goals and objectives
  • Comply with any current regulations, standards, guidelines, statutes and all ethics approval processes.
  • Comply with Te Whatu Ora | Te Toka Tumai Auckland's management approval processes. Choose either link for the process that suits your application: Te Whatu Ora | Te Toka Tumai Auckland standard research approval pathway for moderate to high-risk observational studies, all interventional studies and studies with budgets; OR Te Whatu Ora | Te Toka Tumai Auckland 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 supporting 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 which will respond within two working days.

Previous minutes - new projects for review

February 2022

March 2022


Robyn Billing, Kim Brackley, Christine Crooks, Eamon Duffy, Sanjeev Deva, Kevin Ellyett, Iris Fontanilla, Andrew Knox, Colin McArthur (Chair), Stephen Ritchie, Jithendra Somaratne, Michelle Wilson, Nichola Wilson.

Research Review Committee 2023 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

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