Australian research

All research proposals are to be submitted to the ABMDR via email to

Ethical assessment is conducted by the Australian Red Cross Blood Service Human Research Ethics Committee and must contain the following documents:

For further detail on the application process for Australian research, refer to the “Guidelines to Assist in Completing the ARCBS Ethics Application Form for Research Involving Humans“.

Australian quality assurance project

Those carrying out quality assurance (QA) activities should contact the ABMDR to discuss whether ethics committee review is needed and whether consent is likely to be required. If it is determined that ethics committee review is needed, then the following documents will be required:

International research

The ABMDR welcomes research proposals from transplant and donor centre members of the World Marrow Donor Association (WMDA). Requests from international centres to access donors or donor samples through the ABMDR must contain:

  • A letter of request in English outlining the planned research and what is required from the ABMDR and its donors
  • A copy of the research protocol or a summary of the research proposal (in English if available)
  • Donor information and consent in English
  • Evidence of ethical approval from local committees, in English

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