Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research

Research Ethics Board

The Saint Mary's University Research Ethics Board (REB) is a Senate-appointed committee mandated to review and approve research proposals that involve human participants. The Board consists of faculty members and members of the community.


Our Role

In order to ensure that university research involving human subjects 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):

  • Is an elected committee of and reports regularly to Senate;
  • Consists of faculty members knowledgeable in research on human subjects, 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 Acceptability,  approves modifications to research protocols, and officially closes research projects upon their completion

For more information, including forms, policies, guidelines and frequently asked questions, visit the Research Ethics Board website.