Colin Thomson AM is a senior consultant with Australasian Human Research Ethics Consultancy Services Pty. Ltd. (AHRECS) and a former Professor and Academic Leader for Health Law and Ethics in the Graduate School of Medicine at the University of Wollongong. He has held positions at the Faculty of Law, Australian National University and the Faculty of Law, University of Wollongong and has an honorary appointment at the University of Sydney.
He was a member of the Medical Research Ethics Committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and a member and chair of the NHMRC Australian Health Ethics Committee (AHEC). He has also been Consultant in Health Ethics to the NHMRC.
As a consultant, he has conducted training for human research ethics committees (HRECs) in State Health departments in Queensland, NSW, Victoria and Tasmania and in universities in all States and territories; certification assessments for the NHMRC Harmonisation of Multi-Site Ethical review (HoMER) initiative and advised government departments in the Commonwealth, NSW and Victoria.
He has been a member and chair of multiple HRECs in universities, local health districts, government departments and public sector agencies.
In 2018, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to medical research, particularly to research ethics, to education and to professional organisations.