Research Ethics Boards

Research Ethics Boards

Brock's REBs are empowered to ensure that all research involving humans conducted under the auspices or within the jurisdiction of Brock University is ethical, and is conducted in accordance with this policy. As such, a REB may accept, reject, or propose modifications to any proposed or ongoing research that is subject to REB review, pursuant to Brock standards. A REB also has the authority to suspend any ongoing research under its purview that is deemed to pose an unacceptable risk of harm to participants or in which the principal researcher has not complied with Brock University policies and procedures related to the ethical conduct of research involving humans. A decision of a REB to disallow research on ethical grounds, unless reversed on reconsideration by that REB, may only be reversed through the REB appeal process. Decisions shall be final and binding in all respects for any appeal of an REB decision.


The Brock University Research Ethics Office (REO) provides centralized administration associated with the REBs and the research ethics operation at Brock, and develops and delivers educational programs and materials to Brock students, staff, and faculty involved in human research.


The Bioscience Research Ethics Board (BREB) is responsible for ethics review and policy development related to research involving:

  • physiological measures such as EEGs, heart rate, GSR, temperature, blood pressure, respiration, vagal tone, x-rays, MRIs, CT or PET scans;
  • ingestion or other use of food, beverages, food additives, or drugs, including alcohol and tobacco;
  • medical techniques or therapies, including experimental medical devices; physical exertion beyond normal walking; physical movement in participants who have medical vulnerabilities (e.g., spinal cord injury, osteoporosis);human tissue samples (e.g., blood, saliva, urine);
  • interventions with the potential for physiological effects (e.g., diet and exercise); and/or
  • use of medical or official health records (e.g., hospital records).


The Social Science Research Ethics Board (SREB) is responsible for ethics review and policy development related to all other research involving humans participants.