The Excise Act prescribes regulations regarding denatured alcohol and specially denatured alcohol. Guidelines for compliance are provided below.



With cannabis legalization, the opportunities and need for research with cannabis is significant.  Research involving the use, handling or other manipulation of any amount of cannabis must be conducted under an appropriate Research License issued by Health Canada and in compliance with applicable regulatory requirements. The security, record-keeping and other requirements for conducting research with cannabis at the University are outlined.

Controlled Drugs and Substances, Narcotics, and Veterinary Biologics

In order to comply with the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act and the Food and Drugs Act, all drugs used in academic or research programs are obtained through the OVC Pharmacy. Appropriate records must be kept. Drugs for Use in Academic and Research Programs form must be completed and submitted to the OVC Pharmacy prior to obtaining drugs. Drugs in Schedules G & N of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act may require an exemption from Health Canada.

Controlled Goods and Controlled Technology

A security program is prescribed by federal legislation to safeguard access in defence-related controlled goods, technology, and information. Examples of research that may be controlled include satellite technology, space-related technology, munitions or munitions defences.

Environmental Assessments and Approvals

The Canadian Environmental Assessment Act may require environmental assessments (EA) if certain research projects have potential to cause adverse environmental affects. Similarly EA may be mandated by provincial legislation, particularly if research activities produce emissions that impact air, land or water. Environmental Compliance Approvals (ECAs) may be required.

Insurance Coverage for Researchers

The nature of research may require particular insurance coverages to ensure that the researchers and the project are adequately protected. A general overview of the insurance coverages that are in place or that should be considered when engaging in research activities are summarized.


Nanomaterials are substances that have one or more dimensions in the nanoscale range; typically between 1 to 100 nm.  As nanomaterials have unique structures or molecular arrangements, they exhibit different (novel) electronic, mechanical, optical and magnetic properties compared to their macroscale counterparts.  In usage, they may convey potential adverse impacts on human health and/or the environment.

For more information, visit the Environmental Health and Safety website

Responsible Conduct of Research Policy and Procedure

The University of Guelph ("University") expects the highest standards of integrity in every aspect of research carried out by all members of its academic community. For the purposes of these documents, "research" encompasses the creation and application of new knowledge and/or the use of existing knowledge in new and creative ways through research, scholarly, and artistic work.

The University is committed to exemplifying the values and behaviours associated with research integrity, in part, because the University recognizes that research must be built on a foundation of trust. Researchers must have trust in the data/results reported by others, and trust that when undertaking collaborative projects that they will be appropriately recognized for their contributions. The general public must have trust that public research funding will be managed and spent appropriately and accountably, and society must be able to have confidence in the research communicated and disseminated by the University. Maintaining the trust and confidence of both the academic community and general public is a responsibility the University takes very seriously and as such misconduct in research is clearly incompatible with the ethical standards of the University.

These documents provide guidance as to the expectations regarding research integrity and to those behaviours which may form the basis of action regarding research misconduct.

U.S. Public Health Service Financial Conflict of Interest Requirements

In order to be eligible to apply for or receive funding from a U.S. Public Health Service Agency, the University of Guelph and its researchers must comply with the U.S. Public Health Service financial conflict of interest regulations, 42 CFR 50, Subpart F – Promoting Objectivity in Research.