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Our Fees

Bellberry, the Company, has very carefully ensured it has no influence on the decision making of its Committees. The fees charged are for the review of a study, regardless of the outcome. Fees are determined by the Board and CEO and are managed separately to the Committees. The Committees do not see the financial statements of the Company and have no involvement in this facet of the business.

A fee is charged for providing a review of a research project. The review process starts when the investigator clicks ‘submit’.  The study review fee is therefore committed to at that time.

New Protocols

The study review fee funds the cost of any pre-submission assistance; the initial review; costs of the ongoing review of adverse events; protocol violations; site visits and the monitoring of research progress. Ongoing monitoring of the study is included in the study review fee.

Amendments and Extensions

Additional fees are levied for the review and processing of study amendments and extensions. Modifications to research that require specialist review will incur an amendment fee. Examples include Protocol amendments and Investigator Brochure updates. This additional fee covers the cost of reviewing the documents and the associated administrative responsibilities.  Substantial modifications to research will require to be reviewed at a full Committee meeting and will incur a substantial amendment fee. Other amendments of a minor administrative nature may incur a fee. This applies to all funded and non-funded studies and sub-studies submitted.

Review Outcomes

Fees are levied to cover the costs of providing the expert review, regardless of the outcome of that review. To be clear: Fees are charged for the review process, NOT the review decision. Fees remain payable in cases where a study has been rejected by the HREC.

Investigator-Initiated Studies

If you are an investigator funding your own research project, you may contact Bellberry to discuss fees that apply.


Further information on Fees can be found in BA G6 Application Fees

Applications made by NSW public health organisations via REGIS must include the NSW HREC Fee Form. Further information on NSW EPCT submissions can be found here


Current Fees

Our current fees have been in place since March 2017. In consideration of CPI increases over the last 4 years, Bellberry has undertaken a review of the fees and as a result, an increase will be implemented as of 1 October 2021. Please note the changes below:

Item Current Fee *(ex GST) Proposed Fee * (ex GST)
New HREC Review Application $5,500 $5,750
New Phase 1 HREC Review Application $7,500 $8,000
Multi-centre Applications (sites 2-5) $3,300 $3,450
Multi-centre Applications (6 or more sites) $2,300 $2,425
Amendments (per site) $550 $575
Investigator Brochure Update (per submission) $550 $575
Substantial Amendment $5,500 $5,750
Extension Phase $2,750 $2,875

*Bellberry reserves the right to alter these fees.