Research Ethics Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

For Researchers


The information included in the FAQs listed below is for information and guidance purposes only. Each research study poses unique properties and/or situations that may require additional or different guidance than what is presented. The information throughout this forum is meant to provide general situational advice and does not constitute research ethics compliance in absolute form. If you have any questions or need further guidance, please contact

The development of these questions was aided by MSVU’s University Research Ethics Board (UREB) and from information publicly available at Canadian Universities (e.g., Carleton University, Queen’s University, and Dalhousie University).


Submission and Review

Post-Clearance and Conducting Research

COVID-19 Research Inquiries


For Participants


Have you been invited or would like to participate in a research study?

Mount Saint Vincent University’s Research Ethics Office has compiled these frequently asked questions (FAQs) from the perspective of participants, to provide information to participants before and after taking part in a research study. The following Participant FAQs are meant for information and guidance purposes only. Specific questions about the research study should be directed to the appropriate Principal Investigator (PI), Research Lab, or additional research personnel part of the study which is normally found in the recruitment materials, information letter and/or the informed consent letter. For information concerning your rights as a participant, please contact

Additional information for participants in general can be found through the Panel on Research Ethics, a Government of Canada resource.

General Inquiries