The Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) of the Northern Territory Department of Health and Community Services and the Menzies School of Health Research has been developed in accordance with the NHMRC Act 1992 (Cth) and the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Research Involving Humans (1999).
The HREC supports the research activities of the NT Department of Health and Community Services in its northern zone and Menzies School of Health Research. The HREC also considers applications submitted by non-government health providers located across the 'Top End' of the Northern Territory.
In other areas concerning biotechnology the Northern Territory has not yet developed specific ethics guidelines. The Northern Territory is currently not undertaking any high level biotechnology research, with the focus instead on the supply chain for the biotechnology industry, for example bioprospecting, due to its rich biodiversity.