Research Ethics Board
What is the Human Subjects Research Ethics Board? (REB)
The Sault College REB is the Human Subjects Research Ethics Board for research being conducted in collaboration with or upon members of the Sault College community. The REB expresses Sault College’s continuing commitment to promote ethical conduct of research involving humans. This ethical framework has been informed, in part, by leading international ethics norms and the Canadian government. The frameworks are used to guide Sault College REB’s decision-making to identify that the minimum ethical requirements are being adhered to when research is conducted. The Sault College REB reviews each research project to ensure that the research planning clearly demonstrates that all ethical and legal requirements for working with human subjects has been met.
This web site also provides a central location to inform interested persons of the College’s REB policies and standards. In addition to providing information as to the current board membership, this website also offers links to Canada's Tri-Council Policy (TCP) and the US National Institute of Health Link (NIH) for educational programming, Sault College REB Project status link, and access to proposal application forms.
ABOUT SAULT COLLEGE’S RESEARCH ETHICS BOARD (REB)
When people conduct research that involves human subjects, there are always potential ethical risks that need to be considered. To insure that researchers are objective in their research approach while protective of human rights for those involved in their research study, an institutional review panel (or the Research Ethics Board at Sault College) will need to review and approve all phases of a proposed research study before it can begin.
In Sault College’s REB process, the institution’s board of Tri-Council certified research reviewers determines from the submitted proposal a variety of ethical issues prior to approving the research proposal, looking at such things as:
- identification of any actual or potential physical and/or psychological protections that need to be put into place for research participants (individuals, groups, and/or data associated with Sault College),
- plans to protect both the privacy and confidentiality of the study subjects, and
- how the researcher plans to inform study subjects as to any actual or potential benefits and/or risks of the proposed study,
The Sault College REB carefully reviews each research proposal to ensure that the research will be conducted in an ethical manner, and that participant rights are protected at all times. The board aims for a quality, full-review and expatiated process. It formally meets monthly at the College (September through May) to review received research applications. Final decisions are always voted upon after a democratic process of deliberation in which all committee members express their points of view.
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