University of Saskatchewan

July 24, 2014   

Human

The University of Saskatchewan follows the national standards outlined by the Tri-Council Policy Statement - Second Edition: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans and the University Policy for Research Involving Human Participants and the University Research Integrity Policy  (Effective date July 1, 2013). Additional guidance is also provided by the Agreement on the Administration of Agency Grants and Awards by Research Institutions.

Which REB will review my ethics application?

The University of Saskatchewan has established the Behavioral and Biomedical Research Ethics Boards (REBs) to review and approve research involving humans. The determination of which REB is the most appropriate to conduct a review is based primarily on research methods and methodologies. It is important the project be reviewed by the REB with the most relevant expertise in the area of the proposed research.

  • The Biomedical Research Ethics Board (Bio-REB) is responsible for the review of all ethics applications involving human subjects that include medically invasive procedures; physical interventions and therapies (including exercise and diet interventions); administration and testing of drugs, natural products or devices; or physiological imaging and measures (e.g. MRI or CT scans, heart rate, blood pressure). A project that is based solely on the use of medical charts or health records (no other research method is being used) will be reviewed by the Biomedical Research Ethics Board.
  • The Behavioural Research Ethics Board (Beh-REB) is responsible for the review of all ethics applications involving human subjects that include social, behavioural and cultural research using methods such as interviews, surveys, questionnaires, observations, psychological, social or behavioural interventions, audio and/or video recording.

With the increasing numbers of multidisciplinary research projects and the use of mixed methods, research ethics submissions that combine elements of both biomedical and behavioural research are becoming more common. An ethics application using mixed methods will be reviewed by the REB with the best expertise in the methods that may impose the greater risk to a research participant from either a biomedical or behavioral standpoint. Where appropriate, the Biomedical and Behavioural REB may collaborate in the ethics review of the submission.

The Research Ethics Office may determine that an ethics application is more appropriately reviewed by one REB than the other and reserves the right to move the ethics application to the REB with the most appropriate expertise to conduct the review. In those cases the researcher will be consulted and informed of the transfer. No new submission will be required, but additional information may be requested.

If you need assistance in making the initial assessment, please contact either of the Research Ethics Facilitators, at the numbers below:

Beryl Radcliffe, Behavioural Ethics Facilitator, 966-2084, beryl.radcliffe@usask.ca

Bonnie Korthuis, Biomedical Ethics Facilitator, 966-4053, bonnie.korthuis@usask.ca

Hours of Business
Monday to Friday
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Mailing Address
Research Ethics Office
University of Saskatchewan
Box 5000 RPO University
Saskatoon SK S7N 4J8

Physical Address
1607 - 110 Gymnasium Place
NRC/PBI Building (map available)

Telephone: 306.966.2975 Toll Free: 1-888-966-2975
Facsimile: 306.966.2069


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