Welcome to TEAR (The Ethics Application Repository), an open access, on line repository of IRB (ethics committee) application forms and consent statements hosted on a server at the University of Otago. We welcome both TEAR members who register and donors: those wanting the unique opportunity to read how scholars have articulated ethical principles in their subject area or methodology; and those senior scholars who want to donate some of their expertise and wisdom to novice researchers in the spirit of a public good.
TEAR is funded by a three year Marsden Grant from the New Zealand Government charged with examining tensions in ethics review and indigenous consultation. TEAR is one attempt among a clutch of innovations to ease tensions with IRBs.
The Ethics Application Repository has been approved by the University of Otago Human Ethics Committee March 2012 ref 12/014.
Acknowledgements: Anton Angelo who built the TEAR site and Emma Tumilty who codes and loads the applications. TEAR is funded by a 2012-14 Marsden Fund #U001125 from the Royal Society of New Zealand.