Research protocols involving human participants are subject to ethical review in the University of Hong Kong. The responsibility to obtain approval rests with the principal investigator of the research. He shall make sure that ethical approval is obtained prior to any data collection or analysis has taken place.

Academics and Research Postgraduate students (RPgs) from the Faculty of Law shall submit their application to the University’s Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC).

The copies of full research proposal together with any questionnaire and/or interview script and completed application form should be submitted for review. The application form and standard templates of informed consent form are available here (link to Normally the processing time for review takes no more than 3 weeks.

Academics and Research Postgraduate Students (RPgs) [PhD, SJD, MPhil] –> Apply to HKU’s Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) (send to HREC, c/o Research Services, Registry, 9/F, Knowles Building, University of Hong Kong)

Applications must be made using the prescribed “Application Form for Ethical Approval” provided by HKU’s HREC.  This form was designed for use by university teachers, so try to complete as much of the form as relevant.  To download the form and for guidance on completing the form and sample informed consent documents, see