Research Western

Research Ethics


The Office of 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.

ROMEO Shutdown Monday July 13th 2015, 7am to 12pm - July 3, 2015

ROMEO will be undergoing routine maintenance on Monday July 13th, 2015 from 7am to 12pm. Please have all applications in progress, saved prior to July 13th in order to avoid experiencing any errors. We kindly ask that users do not access ROMEO during this time.

HSREB Unanticipated Problem Reporting - Adverse Event Guideline - June 23, 2015

An updated version of this guidance document is now available. Click Here to view the most recent version. 

NEW NMREB Application Form Available July 31st 2015 – June 12, 2015 (Updated June 23, 2015)

Effective July 31, 2015 the ORE will be rolling-out an updated Non-Medical (NM) REB application form.  The current application form will be de-activated as of July 30th, 2015 at 11:59 pm. If you are currently completing a NMREB application form, please be sure to submit them via Romeo BEFORE July 30th, 2015 to ensure your information is not lost.

NEW NMREB Templates Available July 1st 2015 – June 12, 2015

On July 1, 2015 the REB will be posting updated templates documents to help aid researchers with their application.  These documents include: Assent, Telephone script, Poster (Ad) for recruitment, Recruitment email, Reminder email, SONA wording, Debriefing form, Community Engagement form, Photographic Release Form

HSREB Distinguishing Between Quality Assurance & Research Guideline Now Available - May 29, 2015

The ORE has created a checklist and guidance document to assist Researchers in differentiating between projects that are considered quality assurance/improvements (QA), those that are considered research and whether submission to Western’s Research Ethics Board (REB) is required. To access the document, click here

HSREB Delegated Review New Submission Checklist Now Available - May 28, 2015 

The ORE has created a checklist to help guide submissions to the HSREB Delegated Review stream. This short checklist contains recommendations to avoid common errors when submitting a new study through ROMEO. To access the checklist, click here

Archived News

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