Research Ethics Boards
Ethics approval for human research requires approval from the Interdisciplinary Committee on Ethics in Human Research (ICEHR). ICEHR normally receives proposals for research in the social sciences, humanities, sciences, and engineering, including some health-related research in these areas, originating at the St. John’s campus. Generally, this process requires four to six weeks but may take longer during peak times.
Researchers at Memorial University’s Grenfell Campus are required to submit their proposals to the Grenfell Campus Research Ethics Board.
The Health Research Ethics Authority Act (2011) mandates that all health research in Newfoundland and Labrador be reviewed by the provincial Health Research Ethics Board (HREB), overseen by the Health Research Ethics Authority (HREA).
ICEHR is authorized by the HREA to review health-related research, except clinical trials and genetic studies, conducted by Memorial University faculty, students, and staff.
Researchers in the Faculty of Medicine, the School of Nursing, and the School of Pharmacy are normally required to submit their applications for ethics review to the Health Research Ethics Board (HREB), and are advised to consult the HREA regarding the appropriate route for ethics review prior to submitting an application.
The Act defines ‘health research’ as “... activities whose primary goal is to generate knowledge in relation to human health, health care and health care systems, and involving human beings as research subjects, health care information respecting human beings and human biological material.”