University of Saskatchewan

April 20, 2014   

Frequently Asked Questions

Human Ethics

  • How many copies of my ethics application need to be submitted to the Behavioural Research Ethics Board?

    All submissions can be submitted electronically with one (1) orignal signed for our records.

  • How many copies of my ethics application need to be submitted to the Biomedical Research Ethics Board?

    All submission can be submitted electronically with one (1) orignal signed for our records. Where applicable such as in the case of clinical trials we also require two (2) copies of the protocol and investigaror brochure/drug monogram, unless otherwise requested by the REB.

  • Does your project require human ethics review and approval?

    University of Saskatchewan Research Ethics Boards (REBs) operate in accordance with the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (August 1998) and the University of Saskatchewan Policies and Procedures for Ethics in Human Research (October 2002).  These policy statements are the principle body of “rules” under which the REBs function (www.usask.ca/research/research_services/).  All research that involves living human subjects and the use of human tissue from subjects, living or not, requires review and approval by the REB according to the guidelines set out therein. 

    The following list represents a broad overview of the range of research projects or situations that would require review and approval by the REB:

    • Research that will be published.
    • Research that is funded or unfunded.  Funding may be internal or external.
    • Projects where participants are from inside or outside the university.
    • Research that is conducted by students or faculty.
    • Research projects that are conducted inside or outside the institution.
    • Information that is collected directly from subjects or from existing records not in the public domain.
    • Projects that are conducted in person or remotely (i.e., mail, electronic mail, fax, or telephone).
    • Research designs that are observational, experimental, correctional, or descriptive.
    • Review is still required even if a similar project has been approved elsewhere.
    • Pilot studies or fully developed projects undergo the same review process.
    • The primary goal of the research is for teaching or training purposes, or the acquisition of knowledge.

  • Which REB do I submit my application?

    The University has established two Research Ethics Boards (REBs), which have defined Terms and Conditions of Appointment for Members and Chairs. The appropriate REB must approve any project involving the use of human subjects.

    The Biomedical Research Ethics Board (Bio-REB) is responsible for the review of all protocols involving human subjects which include:

    1. medically invasive physical procedures, invasive interventions and invasive measures (includes administration and testing of drugs); physical interventions that have the potential for adverse effects such as drug, exercise and dietary interventions; surgical procedures such as biopsies, the collection of blood or other specimens;
    2. use of permanent charts or records in accordance with provincial legislation.

    The Behavioural Research Ethics Board (Beh-REB) is responsible for the review of all protocols involving human subjects which include:

    1. non-invasive interventions and measures including interviews, surveys, questionnaires, psychological, social or behavioural interventions, non-invasive physiological measures (e.g. heart rate, blood pressure);
    2. observation or descriptive research, including drug, dietary, and exercise protocols that are observational in nature with no intervention;
    3. audio and/or video recording or other monitoring.

    The Biomedical REB and the Behavioural REB may collaborate in assessing submissions that combine elements of both biomedical and behavioural research.

    All submissions should be made to the Ethics Facilitator responsible for the appropriate committee:
    Biomedical REB: Bonnie Korthuis (306 966-4053)
    Behavioural REB: Beryl Radcliffe (306 966-2084)
    General Enquiries: ethics.office@usask.ca (306 966-2975)
    Facsimile: (306) 966-2069

  • Where is the Research Ethics Office located?

    Research Ethics Office
    University of Saskatchewan
    Box 5000 RPO University
    Saskatoon, SK Canada S7N 4J8

  • Physical Location:

    1607 - 110 Gymnasium Place
    NRC/PBI Building

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