Research Western

Human Research Ethics


The office of Human Research Ethics, on behalf of Western's Research Ethics Boards (REB), manages the approval and monitoring process for the use of humans in research at the University and its affiliated hospitals and research institutes. All research involving humans conducted by faculty, staff or students at Western or its affiliated hospitals or research institutes must be approved by a Western-sanctioned review board.

Please Note: the Office of Human Research Ethics has implemented a new process where, if a researcher has any outstanding studies (e.g., expired studies), the REB will hold any new submissions (initial or post-approval submissions, e.g., amendments) from review until all outstanding files have been addressed. Please ensure  all studies are up to date, closed, or the appropriate forms (CER, EOS) have been submitted through ROMEO. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Human Research Ethics at a Glance

Ethics applications are reviewed by one of two research ethics boards (Non-Medical or Health Sciences) at an appropriate level (Delegated or Full Board), based on the nature of the proposed research.

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