The research bumf burden

Forms eat time but apparently the peak agencies are on to it

Adrian Barnett petitioned parliament last year for an inquiry on improving research ethics and governance. “Millions of dollars-worth of Australian health and medical researchers’ time is being wasted on: submitting the same forms to multiple review committees; or submitting forms for negligible risk research that should not need formal oversight,” the QUT biostatistician and president of the Statistical Society of Australia said (CMM July 3 2019).

But nothing doing – apparently, the feds think the National Health and Medical Research Council and Australian Research Council have the problem covered.