Human Ethics

Human Ethics

Please note that research ethics applications submitted after Friday December 18th, will be processed in January, after the holiday break, when normal operating services resume.

Research involving humans

All research involving human participants conducted by faculty, staff, and students of Brock University, regardless of where the research is conducted or whether it is for academic publication or internal use must be reviewed by either the Social Science Research Ethics Board (SREB) or the Bioscience Research Ethics Board (BREB). This also applies to research conducted on Brock premises by researchers who are not members of the Brock community but wish to utilize Brock resources.


July is a time of transition for the REBs, so we thank all of our outgoing members for their hard work and look forward to working with our new members. In addition, we are pleased to announce our two newly appointed REB Chairs for the 2015-2016 term: • Kimberly Maich, Assistant Professor in the Department of Teacher Education is our new SREB Chair; and • Sandra Peters, Professor in the Department of Kinesiology is our new BREB Chair. REB Chairs hold important leadership roles with respect to the dual functions of research ethics review and education, as well as policy development and stewardship for ethical research at Brock University. Their work is integral to the University’s research enterprise, not only for regulatory compliance but in developing and nurturing a culture of ethical research at Brock. The Research Ethics Office would like to warmly welcome Sandra and Kimberly, and to once again acknowledge and thank the outgoing Chairs, Jan Frijters (SREB) and Brian Roy (BREB) who both served four years in their respective positions.


Release of TCPS 2 (2014)

A revised version of the 2nd edition of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2) was released on December 18, 2014. TCPS 2 (2014) replaces TCPS 2 (2010) as the official human research ethics policy of the Agencies (CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC).

Panel on Research Ethics (PRE) announcement

TCPS 2 Highlights of Changes - December 2014

TCPS 2 (2014)


Important notice regarding REB submissions

The Research Ethics Office has gone green! REB applications must now be submitted electronically (as PDF or Word attachments) to, and include digital or scanned signatures. Alternatively, Principal Investigators (i.e., faculty only) may email REB applications with a note in lieu of signatures, provided that the application package is sent from their Brock University email addresses. Hard copies will not be accepted after January 1, 2015.

Important notice for graduate students

Starting January 1, 2015, all graduate students involved with human participant research projects are required to complete the Tri-Council Policy Statement 2 CORE tutorial before commencing research.

  • This applies to all graduate student investigators (including PhD students) completing an exit project (thesis, major research paper, dissertation etc.) that involves human participant research requiring Research Ethics Board clearance.
  • It also applies to graduate students conducting course-based research, or working as research/laboratory staff, project managers, and research assistants, where they will be responsible for recruiting or interacting with human participants.

What is CORE? For more information click here

Notes for faculty supervisors and course instructors

  • As mentors and role models to students, it will be the principal investigator’s (or faculty supervisor/course instructor’s) responsibility to ensure that graduate students conducting human participant research under their authority have completed the tutorial and adhere to the principles and requirements set forth in the TCPS2. While not mandatory, faculty members will be encouraged to take the tutorial in order to support their students.

  • Upon submitting to either of Brock’s REBs, principal investigators/faculty supervisors will be required to identify, and list on their application, any graduate students (including RAs) involved in conducting the research. They will also be asked to attest that ethics education training has been completed by the graduate students. A copy of students’ certificate of completion from the CORE tutorial should be attached to the ethics application.

Click Here for Application Forms and Templates  

Contact Us

To obtain more information about what may require clearance please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact the Research Ethics Office.

For general questions regarding file status, dates and educational events, email

For questions regarding undergraduate and course-based research, contact:

Research Ethics Officer
Call 905-688-5550 ext. 5182 or email

For questions regarding graduate and faculty research, policy, and compliance, contact:

Lori Walker, Manager, Research Ethics
Call 905-688-5550 ext. 4876 or email

You can also drop by the Research Ethics Office in Mackenzie Chown, D Block, 250A

Please note:

Due to the current volume of applications, researchers should anticipate a 20 (working) day turnaround time on delegated (minimal risk) reviews and plan project timelines accordingly. Expedited reviews will only be considered in exigent circumstances. For information on full-board reviews (greater than minimal risk), please contact the Research Ethics Office.


SREB Meeting Schedule for 2015

September 25, MC D350 - L

October 26, Cairns 207

November 20, MC D350 - L

December 15, Cairns 207


BREB Meeting Schedule for 2015

September 11, MC D350 - L

October 20, Cairns 207

November 13, Cairns 207

December 17, Cairns 207

*Applications for Full Board Review should be submitted 10 working days prior to a scheduled meeting


REB Annual Reports

2012-2013 REB Annual Report

2011-2012 REB Annual Report

2010-2011 REB Annual Report

2009-2010 REB Annual Report

2008-2009 REB Annual Report