What is Research Ethics?

Research Ethics review safeguards all participants, human and animal, by reducing their exposure to risk or harm.

Research Ethics at MSVU is governed by the Research Ethics Office. This office also provides consultation and education about the Research Ethics review process. Research Ethics at MSVU involves both human research (governed by the University Research Ethics Board – UREB) and animal research (governed by the Animal Care Committee – ACC). These committees review all faculty, student and staff research studies that involve human participants and/or their data, as well as animals.

All research involving humans or animals that is conducted under the auspices and/or jurisdiction of MSVU must comply, at minimum, with the following requirements, and receive ethics clearance from the appropriate research ethics boards prior to beginning their research:

Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research
Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans
Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC)

Federal Wide Assurance (FWA) Registration

Type of Assurance: Federal Wide
Policy Number: FWA00031225
Expiry Date: May 5, 2026

Type of Assurance: Institutional Review Board
Policy Number: IRB00013058
Expiry Date: April 13, 2024

Visit the Office of Human Research Protection.

The Research Ethics Office is funded, in part, by the Research Support Fund.