Research Ethics Board

Ethics Review Request Forms

The REB will review your application and the REB Chair will contact you. The process may take 4-6 weeks and may be faster during slower times.  It is common for the REB Chair to seek clarificaiton from applicants on various issues; a prompt and thorough response from applicants to the REB Chair's questions facilitates the review process. 

The Principal Investigator or Faculty Supervisor must directly respond to the REB Chair. In the cases of student resrearch, requests from students only are not accepted for Initial or Continuing REB Review.

It is essential for the research ethics review process that applications are complete and consistent with the submission instructions listed on the forms and posted on this website, and that the research is demonstrated sufficiently.  The applicants are considered the subject matter experts of the research.  "Researchers shall submitt sufficient details to enable the REB to make an informed review of the ethical acceptability of the research." TCPS 2 2014, Article 6. 11.

Prior to the submission of their work, applicants are advised to determine the correct request form relating to their work and the correct method for submission and seek widely-available assistance with the determination, "Working with Request Forms- Technical Instructions and Tips" and the "Application Process- Instructions and Tips". For additional assistance, please see the "Method of Communication" summarizing the correct path of communication with the REB.

In order to ensure timely registration and turn-around time of requests to all SMU REB applicants and the SMU REB membership, incomplete applications (for initial and continuing review requests) submitted using incorrect or outdated forms or incomplete will not be processed and will be returned to the Principal Investigator applicant (in case of student research, to the Faculty Supervisor applicant). To avoid any delays, please ensure to only use the forms provided on this web page.

To support the research community, common applicant questions are listed under the "Frequently Asked Questions" section of this website relating to "Pre-Approval" (Initial Submission) and "Post-Approval" (Continuing Review). If you require specific guidance or a pre-review, please contact the Research Ethics Officer to book a consultation at

Language for Informed Consent Forms/Scripts and Feedback letters for your preparation:‌‌‌

Pre-approval (Initial Submission) Request Forms:
(Manual Submission):

Post-approval (Continuing Review) Request Forms:
(Electronic Submission to, only)

*Electronic submission (of the specified continuing review forms) must be received from the Prinicipal Investigator of the protocol.  In case of student research, forms must be received from the Faculty Supervisor. Note, original signature is not required.


Working with Request Forms - Technical Instructions and Tips

Forms are Adobe fillable, savable, PDF forms; work can be saved and returned to at a later time. When working with the forms: 1) Ensure your Adobe Reader is updated, 2) Open the forms using Adobe Reader (otherwise the recipient is unable to view the content of the form.)

The REB advises against opening the forms using Mac Preview.  The Software and Application Support Centre (SAS) advises that if Mac Preview is used, after you have filled out the PDF form in Preview, choose Print from the File menu and then use the dialog box's PDF option to save it to PDF.

Additional blank space is available on Form 1 for additional information you many need to convey, and additional supporting documents are welcome along the forms when needed.

For technical assistance while working with the forms please contact the Software and Application Support Centre (SAS) at, 902-496-8168. The SAS reports any technical issues to the Office of Research Ethics.

Application Process- Instructions and Tips

Initial Pre-Approval Requests for original research ethics review and approval:

  1. Form 1- Initial Submission:
    1 original package, plus 3 copies of:
    a) Form 1 or Form 1C;
    b) Informed Consent Form/Script;
    c) all supporting documentation as relevant to your research.
  2. Form 1C Submission:
    a) 1 original package is required
  3. Supporting Documents:
    Generally, supporting documents are interview protocols, surveys, questionnaires, scales, scripts, draft interview questions, invitation letters, letters of support, feedback forms, debriefing forms, advertisements, other research tools as relevant to the research, letters of support, other REB or government clearances, safety reports involving devices or materials used in the research evidencing compliance to Canadian standards, etc.  Form 1 lists options for documents that must be included in the submission.
  4. Be sure to review the Procedures for Completing Requests for Research Ethics Review guideline that stipulates the SMU REB's requirements.
  5. Forms are routinely updated.  Be sure to download the most current application form from this web page.

Continuing Review Requests (Adverse Event Reporting, Modification, Annual Renewal and Completion of Research requests):

  1. Submission via email is accepted as well as the preferred method for both applicants and the Office of Research Ethics due to the time-sensitive nature of these requests. Only one copy of the request form (Adverse Event, Form 2, 3, 5) is required. Requests are accepted from the Principal Investigator of the protocol or, in case of student research, from the Faculty Supervisor, only.  Student researchers must ask their supervisors to forward the request(s) to