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Active deception is most common in behavioural research where knowing what is being studied might lead the participants to act differently and thus invalidate the research. The National Statement defines 'active deception' as "where relevant material is withheld from research participants, and/or they are intentionally misled about procedures and/or purposes of research." Projects involving deception must be reviewed by a fully constituted HREC to confirm that there is no other way to collect the data without bias, and that the benefits of the research outweigh the risks and are sufficient to justify the deception.

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27th February 2015