Research with human participants
At the national level, the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans is the standard for the ethical conduct of research involving humans and provides the minimum standards to which you must adhere. It does not offer definitive answers – rather, it seeks “…to identify ethical issues in the design, conduct and oversight of research and to point the way to arriving at reasoned and ethical responses to these issues.”
Memorial’s three research ethics boards—the Health Research Ethics Authority (HREA), the Interdisciplinary Committee on Ethics in Human Research (ICEHR) and the Sir Wilfred Grenfell Campus Ethics Research Ethics Board (SWGC REB)—review the ethics of proposed and ongoing research to determine whether the research adheres to Memorial’s and to the Tri-Council’s minimum standards, and whether the research is permitted to begin or to continue.
Consult the following documents for more information:
- Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans, December 2010.
- Health Research Ethics Authority.
- Health Research Ethics Authority Act
- Interdisciplinary Committee on Ethics in Human Research, Memorial University of Newfoundland. Guidelines for completing the application form.
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