Research Ethics/Protection of Human Participants


  • All students are now required to undergo “CORE” training prior to engaging in research involving human participants. The Course on Research Ethics (CORE), which is offered on-line free of charge by the Tri-Council’s Panel on Research Ethics, is self-guided and normally takes 2 to 3 hours to complete. 
    Students are advised to register using their,, or email address, list the University of Guelph or the University of Guelph-Humber as their institution, and keep a digital copy of the certificate of completion that is provided.  The certificate can be used for multiple future research projects. Please see Policy section below for full statement.

  • The new Research Administration Information System is now under development, and we're excited to announce that the Human Ethics process will be the first 'module' built! You'll be seeing some changes starting spring/summer 2016 next spring , such as a new branching, logic-based smart form instead of a Word form, easier to use online help, easier storage and tracking of all your human ethics submissions and accompanying documents. There will also be some challenges, such as getting used to a new form and learning how to access all of your information - but we'll be there to help! The process of building this system will require a great deal of time from all the people involved, and there will be opportunities for you as a user to have input into the new system, so stay tuned! In the meantime, there may be some delays in the ethics process while staff are busy with the implementation process. We ask for your help and understanding.
  • An Annual Report, produced by the Ethics Office on behalf of the Chairs of the REB-General and REB-Natural, Physical and Engineering Sciences, summarizes the work of the REB members and the Ethics Office during the fiscal year, and the goals for the coming year. Information about current membership, number and distribution of submissions, as well as metrics on the functioning of the two boards are included, along with updates on process or procedure and educational outreach to the community. The report is reviewed by both REBs and approved by the Chairs prior to release.
  • The Ethics Office has created a short (3 minute) survey to obtain your feedback on your experience with the REB process. Your input and observations are important to us. Have your Say: Tell us how we did
  • The REBApp is a living document, responding to community needs as well as regulatory requirements. Please be sure to download the latest version when you apply.



Research Ethics Board – Natural, Physical and Engineering Sciences (REB-NPES)

Research Ethics Board – General


Become familiar with the policies and guidelines. Consult with the ethics office regarding your research project: or X58024

If your research involves human participants at any point, a valid REB number must be provided to Research Support Services prior to an account set-up. In some cases, it may not be feasible to obtain REB clearance if you are not yet able to submit a complete application. The Research Ethics Board (REB) is unable to review submissions that are not complete, and will not provide approvals ‘in principle’. If you must access funds before you are ready to submit an ethics application, please submit the Statement of Intent for Release of Funds Prior to Ethics Approval. Use an electronic signature on this form and submit as an email attachment, or print, sign, scan, and then email the form to



  • Every project will require an annual STATUS REPORT to be submitted by the anniversary of the approval date. 
  • If your research has changed or has received new funding, submit a CHANGE REQUEST
  • An Event Report must be submitted if something occurs during the course of your research project which should be communicated to the REB. The form provides guidance on the types of information which must be reported, but feel free to use this form to report an occurrence you feel is important. Check with the Director, Research Ethics if you're not sure about reporting.


Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans, 2nd Edition (TCPS2)

The questions asked in the REB-App are drawn from the TCPS2, 2ND Edition. The Panel on Research Ethics has created online tutorial - the CORE tutorial - which provides an applied approach to the guidance provided in TCPS2. CORE is designed primarily for the use of researchers and REB members. 

Create a new account using your University email address so completion can be tracked by the ethics office. This tutorial is highly recommended.