Policies & Guidelines for Conducting Research with Human Participants

Note: An updated version of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS2) was released in August 2019. The UREB is in the process of updating the university policies and procedures to reflect these updates/changes.


At Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU), all research with human participants must adhere to the ethical guidelines presented in the TCPS2 as well as any policies and/or procedures developed by the UREB for the Mount Community. This includes research conducted by all faculty (both full and part-time), post-doctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students, external and visiting researchers, and staff engaged in research under the auspices of the university. The intent of these policies and procedures is to develop and support the highest level of ethical standards possible. It should be recognized that, just as research methods evolve, the ethics review process evolves. Therefore, this document should be seen as a reference point that will be altered as necessary to maintain adherence to ethical practices for all involved in research activity. Researchers are asked to contact us with any questions/concerns or to ensure they have the current versions of the documentation. The guiding ethical principles outlined in the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans inform our policies and procedures. These principles include, but are not limited to, respect for persons, concern for welfare, and justice.


MSVU Policies Concerning Research with Human Participants

Title Document Number Last Updated .pdf
University Research Ethics Policy REB.POL.001 March 2012 Click for document
UREB Terms of Reference (Senate By-Law 14.13) REB.POL.002 September 2013 Click for document
University Research Ethics Compliance Policy REB.POL.003 June 2012 Click for document
Research Ethics Training Requirement Policy REB.POL.004 September 2013 Click for Document


MSVU Standard Operating Procedures Concerning Research with Human Participants

Title Document Number Last Updated .pdf
Scope REB.SOP.101 February 2012 Click for document
Membership REB.SOP.102 March 2012 Click for document
Emergency Preparedness REB.SOP.104 January 2014 Click for document
Research Requiring Ethics Review REB.SOP.105 January 2012 Click for document
Record Keeping REB.SOP.106 March 2012 Click for document
Research Ethics Review Process REB.SOP.108 January 2012 Click for document
Departmental Research Ethics Boards (DREBs)
REB.SOP.109 March 2014 Click for document
Scholarly Review REB.SOP.110 April 2012 Click for document
Reconsideration and Appeals Process REB.SOP.111 September 2011 Click for document
Change to Approved Protocol Process REB.SOP.113 Jan 2012 Click for document
Adverse Event Reporting REB.SOP.114 August 2013 Click for document
Unanticipated Research Event Reporting REB.SOP.115 August 2013 Click for document
Ongoing Review of Research Ethics REB.SOP.116 June 2014 Click for document
Multi-Site Research and the Research Ethics Process REB.SOP.119 May 2008 Click for document
Use of Bonus Points as Incentives REB.SOP.120 August 2007 Click for document
Sensitive Data REB.SOP.127 January 2012 Click for document
Guidelines for Use of Web-Based Survey Tools REB.SOP.132 June 2009 Click for document
Visitors to UREB Meetings REB.SOP.143 June 2011 Click for document
Full Committee Review Process REB.SOP.144 June 2013 Click for Document
Minimal Risk Review Process (DELEGATED) REB.SOP.145 April 2014 Click for document
Expedited Review Process REB.SOP.146 April 2014 Click for document
Student Submission Process REB.SOP.147 June 2013

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Faculty/Staff Submission Process REB.SOP.148 June 2013 Click for Document
Revisions/Clarification Submission Process REB.SOP.149 June 2013 Click for Document

MSVU Guidelines Concerning Research with Human Participants

Title Document Number Last Updated .pdf
Confidentiality Agreement REB.TMPL.001 May 2020 Click for document
Confidentiality Agreement REB.TMPL.002 May 2020 Click for document
Audio Consent REB.TMPL.003 May 2020 Click for document
Audio Consent REB.TMPL.004 May 2020 Click for document
Video Consent REB.TMPL.005 May 2020 Click for document
Video Consent REB.TMPL.006 May 2020 Click for document
Photo Consent REB.TMPL.007 May 2020 Click for document