Animal Ethics

The Animal Research Ethics Board approves animal-use protocols, reviews proposals for projects that involve live animals and oversees the post-approval monitoring of animal-use protocols. Application reviews are guided by the policies and guidelines established by the Canadian Council on Animal Care.

Research that involves animal subjects must be approved by the Animal Research Ethics Board (AREB). Proposals can be submitted anytime, but work on projects cannot begin until after an ethics proposal has been approved.

If your scholarly activity requires AREB approval, take these steps to ensure the success of your application.

The Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) and the Animal Research Ethics Board (AREB) require that all research, teaching and training involving animals must undergo the following two distinct and separate reviews and approvals prior to the use of animals:

  1. Peer review for scientific (research) or pedagogical (teaching or training) merit
  2. Ethics review by the AREB

Projects funded by major external granting agencies are considered to have undergone successful peer review during the granting process. Contact to determine if you require this step.

Before submitting an AREB application, you should be familiar with MacEwan University policies and documents related to the ethical treatment of live animals. The following documents are provided to assist you in developing a successful AREB application.

The AREB acts in accordance with guidelines, policies and associated documents established by the Canadian Council of Animal Care (CCAC). The CCAC assesses MacEwan’s animal care and use program every three years. The most recent assessment was conducted in March 2017.

The following standard operating procedures promote the highest standards of practice in research, teaching and testing involving animals.

Number Title
100 Submission of Applications for Ethical Review
103 Ethical Review of Applications
105 Animal Use Protocol (AUP) Modifications and Renewals
106 Post-Approval Monitoring (PAM): General
107 Post-Approval Monitoring (PAM): Site Visits
108 Post-Approval Monitoring (PAM): Protocol Audits
109 Post-Approval Monitoring (PAM): Non-Compliance and Response
110 Withdrawal or Suspension of AREB Approval
RS 111 Appeals of AREB Decisions
112 Development and Submission of Project Specific SOPs
113 Animal-Based Research Collaboration

Additional SOPs related to board administration are available on request.


The AREB meets on the following dates to review applications. Applications can be submitted at any time using the online submission system, ROMEO. However, to be eligible for review at a meeting, applications must be received by the deadline indicated. You can expect to hear from the board with its decision within five business days of the meeting.

Meeting date Submission deadline
September 14, 2022 August 31, 2022
October 12, 2022 September 28, 2022
November 9, 2022 October 26, 2022
December 14, 2022 November 30, 2022
January 11, 2023 December 22, 2022
February 8, 2023 January 25, 2023
March 8, 2023 February 22, 2023
April 12, 2023 March 29, 2023
May 10, 2023 April 26, 2023
June 14, 2023 May 31, 2023

Apply for AREB approval using the online system ROMEO. 

MacEwan University faculty

If you are a MacEwan faculty member, log in to the research portal using your MacEwan ID and password.


MacEwan University students and external researchers

If you are a student or external researcher, you need to register for a ROMEO account before logging in.


Read the Animal Research Ethics Board’s Terms of Reference.



MacEwan University’s online ethics application system, ROMEO, supports you throughout your project, from submitting and modifying your application to renewing and closing your study. Applications can be submitted anytime.

Proposals that were reviewed and approved prior to the implementation of the ROMEO system in August 2017 have been uploaded for you. These projects are managed within this new system.

The following guides explain the application process and help you manage your project after it has been approved:

How to access ROMEO

If you are a MacEwan faculty or staff member, and it is your first time submitting an application, please register for ROMEO by completing the registration form. Once your registration has been processed, you can log in to the Research Portal using your MacEwan ID and password.

If you are a student or external researcher, you need to register for a ROMEO account before logging in.

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