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The Role of the Research Ethics Board (REB)

In order to ensure that university research involving human participants is carried out in an ethical manner, the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2) requires that each university establish a Research Ethics Board (REB) to review and approve research involving humans.

The Saint Mary's Research Ethics Board (REB)

  • Consists of faculty members knowledgeable in research on human participants, persons knowledgeable in ethics, and members of the community;
  • Meets regularly to review all research conducted at Saint Mary's University or by members of Saint Mary's University that involves human participants;
  • Is empowered to reject, propose modifications to, suspend or terminate research projects that fall under the jurisdiction of Saint Mary's University;
  • Certifies to the Tri-Councils that research at Saint Mary's University involving human subjects is carried out in an ethical manner;
  • Provides Certificates of Ethical Clearance valid for the period of one year, extendable via a Certificate of Continuation, approves modifications to research protocols, informed consent forms and relating supporting documents, approves adverse event reportings and officially closes research projects upon their completion.


No research with human participants shall begin before clearance is received from the University's Research Ethics Board.  This includes the recruitment of research participants.

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