Ethics Panel

The Ethics Panel safeguards the rights, interests and safety of our customers. It supports and enables high-quality ethical projects for social, cultural and economic wellbeing. The Panel also works to reflect the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

About the Ethics Panel

Our Ethics Panel provides us with a robust framework to carefully consider the needs of our customers and ensure that all projects are ethically sound.

The Panel does this by:

  • safeguarding the rights, interests and safety of our customers
  • supporting and enabling high-quality ethical projects for social, cultural and economic wellbeing
  • reflecting the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

The types of projects and initiatives the Panel covers include research and evaluation, customer experience projects, analytics projects and implementing new technologies as part of our transformation programme.

External members

Prof Tim Dare (Chair) Professor of Philosophy at University of Auckland; current member of MSD’s Research Ethics Committee
Rae Lamb Former Aged Care & Aged Care Complaints Commissioner (Australia), and Deputy Health & Disability Commissioner (NZ)
Ernestynne Walsh Senior data scientist at Nicholson Consulting
Richman Wee Project Manager, NZ Law Foundation’s Information Law & Policy Project

ACC members

  • Privacy Officer

  • Representative from the Clinical Services Directorate

  • Representatives from Strategy, Policy & Research

  • Representative from Māori & Cultural Capability Services

  • Representative from Analytics & Reporting

  • Representative from Customer Insights

  • Representative from Information Technology & Architecture

Terms of reference (TOR)

The Terms of Reference define the purpose, governance, roles and responsibilities of ACC’s Ethics Panel.

ACC Ethics Panel Terms of Reference


2019 meeting dates

Meeting date

Apply by

13 February

30 January

13 March

27 February

10 April

27 March

8 May

24 April

12 June

29 May

10 July

26 June

14 August

31 July

11 September

28 August

9 October

25 September

13 November

30 October

11 December

27 November


Engaging with the ACC Ethics Panel

You need to engage with the ACC Ethics Panel if you want to undertake research and/or evaluation with ACC customers, or request personal identifiable ACC data.

If your project is considered higher risk, eg you plan to involve one of our vulnerable populations as participants, then the Ethics Panel may require you to attend a Panel meeting to discuss your project. If your project considered lower risk, then a Panel member may contact you via phone or email.

You’ll need to fill out an application form and send it to

Ethics Panel Application Form

If you’re unsure whether you need the ACC Ethics Panel to review your project, or if you have any questions about the application form then contact the Ethics Panel via email


Costs of supplying data and recruiting clients

If we accept your data request, we may charge you for the cost of supplying data or recruiting clients for your research. These costs include printing and postage of letters and information to customers, as well as any other costs incurred through the research.

Last published: 5 December 2019