Research Western

TO WHICH WESTERN RESEARCH ETHICS BOARD

SHOULD I SUBMIT MY RESEARCH?

IF YOU STILL HAVE QUESTIONS AFTER YOU HAVE READ THIS GUIDE, PLEASE CONTACT US

This chart is meant to be used as a guide and will not cover all contingencies. If after reading this chart you still cannot determine to which REB you should submit, or what type of review you require, please contact one of the Ethics Officers.

HSREB - Erika Basile, 519-661-2111 ext. 86764 ebasile@uwo.ca

NMREB & HSREB Delegated – Grace Kelly, 519-661-2111 ext. 84692 grace.kelly@uwo.ca

NMREB & HSREB Delegated - Vikki Tran, 519-661-2111 ext. 80242 vikki.tran@uwo.ca

OR

General Inquiries 519-661-3036 ethics@uwo.ca

If we determine that you have submitted your protocol to the wrong committee, we will contact you and let you know; however please note that we do not review new protocols until well after the deadline. If you have submitted to the wrong committee, your protocol will be returned to you to transfer it to the correct form. Review of the protocol will be delayed until the next cycle of meetings.

IF IN DOUBT, CALL FIRST TO SAVE YOURSELF DELAYS AND EXTRA WORK!

HEALTH SCIENCES REB (HSREB)?
OR
SOCIAL OR BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCES/HUMANITIES REB (NMREB)?

DOES THIS RESEARCH...

Involve or relate to a medical or physical intervention or therapy?

YES

NO

If you answered YES to any of these questions you must submit your project to the HSREB.

If you answered NO to all the questions then you must submit your project to the NMREB.

Take place in a medical or health care setting or use or relate to medical or health records?

YES

NO

Involve patients, medical, dental, nurses, other allied health professionals or care givers?

YES

NO

Use or relate to new, innovative or novel medical techniques or therapies?

YES

NO

Involve physical exertion beyond normal walking?

YES

NO

Involve physically invasive contact or take samples of bodily fluids or tissues by invasive measures other than buccal swabs?

YES

NO

Require Xrays, MRIs, CT or PET scans?

YES

NO

HEALTH SCIENCES ETHICS REVIEW - FULL BOARD OR DELEGATED REVIEW?

Is the study a clinical trial for drugs, natural products or devices?

YES

NO

If you answered YES to any of these questions you must submit your project for HSREB Full Board review.

If you answered NO to all the questions then your project may be eligible for HSREB Delegated Review. Check Guideline 2-G-007 of the HSREB Guidelines for a full explanation of what is eligible for Delegated Review.

Does the study use patients deemed to be at-risk (e.g. critically ill, infants)?

YES

NO

Require the ingestion of any food, or beverages?

YES

NO

Is there an unknown, moderate or high physical or psychological risk for healthy volunteers or healthy patients?

YES

NO

Does the study involve moderate or high risk interventions, tests or procedures?

YES

NO

Does the study involve interventions that take place during surgery or that may interfere with the course of normal medical treatment?

YES

NO

NON-MEDICAL ETHICS REVIEW - FULL BOARD OR DELEGATED REVIEW?

DOES THIS RESEARCH...

Use subjects, children or persons incapable of giving free and informed consent, or considered to be vulnerable or at risk?

YES

NO

If you answered YES to any of these questions you must submit your project for NMREB Full Board review.

If you answered NO to all the questions then your project may be eligible for review by one of the Sub-REBs delegated to conduct Delegated Review. Check Guideline 1-G-004 Delegated Review to determine if this is appropriate.

Present more than Minimal Risk to the participants?

YES

NO

Involve any personal, sensitive or incriminating topics or questions which could place participants at risk or cause embarrassment?

YES

NO

Manipulate the behaviour of participants beyond the range of “normal” classroom activity or daily life?

YES

NO

Involve significant deception?

YES

NO