Ethics

Ethical research promotes knowledge, truth and accountability. It fosters honest collaboration and puts moral and social values, such as human rights, social responsibility, animal welfare and compliance at the centre of our work as an institution of higher learning.

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

Research Ethics Board

Animal Research Ethics Board



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Learn about ROMEO

ROMEO, our online system for managing human and animal ethics applications, provides a streamlined approach to this important task. Submit applications, modifications and renewals all in one place.

 

Research Ethics Board (REB)

Guided by the cardinal principle of modern research ethics—respect for human dignity—the REB approves, rejects, proposes modifications to and terminates proposed or ongoing MacEwan research that involves human participants.

This flowchart can help you decide if you need to complete an REB application for your research initiative. 

Do I need a review?

 

If your project requires REB approval, take these steps to ensure the success of your application. 

Review relevant policies and procedures before you begin your REB application

Before submitting a proposal to the REB, you should be familiar with MacEwan policies and procedures pertinent to the proper selection and involvement of research participants.

Consult application guidelines and templates

The following documents are provided to assist you in developing a successful REB application.

Follow standard operating procedures

The REB has developed a series of standard operating procedures (SOPs), based on those released in March 2016 by the Canadian Association of Research Ethics Boards (CAREB) and Network of Networks (N2).

These procedures are designed to assist you in creating and managing your ethics application and to increase the transparency of the ethics review process.

Number Title
102.00 Research Requiring REB Review
401.00 Delegated Review
402.00 Review Decisions
403.00 Initial Review - Criteria for REB Approval
404.00 Modifications to Approved Research
405.00 Reportable Events
406.00 Renewal of Approved Studies
407.00 Research Completion
408.00 Suspension or Termination of REB Approval
801.00 Researcher Qualifications and Responsibilities

 

Additional SOPs related to board administration are available on request.

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Select an REB meeting date to determine your submission deadline

Delegated review

If the REB determines that your study is of minimal risk to participants, it is subject to a delegated review by select members of the board. The full board does not need to convene for this review, and you will learn the outcome within ten business days of the date you submitted your application.

Full review

If your study is found to present higher than minimal risk to participants, it is reviewed by the entire board at a convened meeting. The Ethics Officer lets you know if your study requires a full board review and invites you to attend the review meeting to discuss your project if you’d like. You can expect to hear from the board with its decision within five business days of the meeting.

Meeting dates

The REB meets to review proposals on the following dates. Applications can be submitted at any time on ROMEO, but to be eligible for review at a meeting, they must be received by that meeting date's application deadline.

Meeting date Application deadline
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 Monday, January 29, 2018
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 Monday, February 26, 2018
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 Monday, March 26, 2018
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 Monday, April 30, 2018
Tuesday, June 5, 2018 Monday, May 28, 2018

 

The REB will continue to review ethics applications over the summer holidays; however, meetings are called on an ad-hoc basis should an application require full board review.

Submit your application using ROMEO

Apply for REB 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.

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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.

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Learn more about ROMEO

 

Read the Research Ethics Board's Terms of Reference.


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Tri-Council Policy Statement tutorial

All researchers who submit an REB application must complete the federal government’s TCPS-2 tutorial before REB approval can be granted.

 

Animal Research Ethics Board (AREB)

The AREB 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 for Animal Care.

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

Review relevant policies and documents before you begin your AREB application

Before submitting an AREB application, you should be familiar with MacEwan University policies and documents related to the ethical treatment of live animals.

Consult application guidelines and checklist

The following documents are provided to assist you in developing a successful AREB application.

Note that all researchers listed on the application must have an Animal User Training I certificate. If the researcher will be handling animals, they must also have completed Animal User Training II. To request training, contact AREB@macewan.ca

Follow standard operating procedures

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
100.4 Submission of Applications for Ethical Review
RS 101.3 Scientific Merit Peer Review Process
RS 102.2 Pedagogical Merit Peer Review Process
103.4 Ethical Review of Applications
105.4 Animal Use Protocol (AUP) Modifications and Renewals
106.3 Post-Approval Monitoring (PAM): General
107.2 Post-Approval Monitoring (PAM): Site Visits
108.2 Post-Approval Monitoring (PAM): Protocol Audits
109.2 Post-Approval Monitoring (PAM): Non-Compliance and Response
110.2 Withdrawal or Suspension of AREB Approval
RS 111.2 Appeals of AREB Decisions
112.3 Development and Submission of Project Specific SOPs
113.2 Animal-Based Research Collaboration

 

Additional SOPs related to board administration are available on request.

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Select an AREB meeting date to determine your submission deadline

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 Application deadline
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 Monday, February 5, 2018
Wednesday, March 14, 2018 Monday, March 5, 2018
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 Monday, April 2, 2018
Wednesday, May 9, 2018 Monday, April 30, 2018
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Monday, June 4, 2018

Submit your application using ROMEO

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.

Log in

 

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.

Register/Login  



Learn more about ROMEO

 

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