Guidelines for using extracted teeth
Q. Is the use of these teeth for research covered by an already approved program application?
A. Check with your supervisor if there is an already approved program application within the school that would cover your project. Please mention this in the Project-within-Program application. Clarify whether the teeth are already extracted, collected and stored OR whether they are not yet extracted, but the consent and place of extraction will be covered by the previously approved program.
Q. Are the teeth you plan to use already extracted, collected and stored (de-identified) by the Melbourne Dental School (this can include teeth collected by private practices on behalf of the Melbourne Dental School)?
A. You will need to complete Module 3 and attach a copy of the consent form (printed on university letterhead) used to collect the teeth. If you don't have a copy of the consent form, the provenance of the teeth will need to be explained in Module 3.
Q. Have the teeth you plan to use come from overseas?
A. As well as Module 3, the HEAG will need to see translations of consent forms and appropriate approvals and assurances that the teeth were obtained as a result of treatment, NOT removed solely for the purposes of the research project.
If you are submitting your project as a Minimal Risk project, do NOT select the “Collection or Use of Biospecimens” option from the Research Checklist at Step 2 in THEMIS. Instead, complete this additional checklist and attach it to the front of your hard-copy application.
However, if you are submitting your project as a Project Application, select the “Collection or Use of Biospecimens” option together with any other relevant items from the Research Checklist at Step 2 in Themis.