Using a customer service approach within the constraints of regulatory requirements, the Research Ethics Office is responsible for the ethical oversight of human participants involved in research. Any research project involving human participants, whether funded or not, must receive ethics approval by one of the Research Ethics Boards prior to the start of the project.
The cornerstone of research ethics is the process of obtaining Free and Informed Consent from human research participants. This section will guide you through the elements of consent, and provide suggestions and best practices.
Completion of a training tutorial is highly recommended for faculty, staff, and students undertaking research projects involving humans.
All students undertaking research involving humans are now required to undergo training and submit a certificate with the REB Application.
The REB works with researchers to create Standard Operating Procedures (or they are sometimes referred to as Standards of Practice) or SOPs. The purpose of the SOP is to summarize how a particular task is accomplished. For example, if a researcher or group of researchers is frequently going to be taking blood samples from participants, he/she may wish to create an SOP to document how this will occur.