Research ethics

Health Research Ethics Board/Health Research Ethics Authority

How is the Health Research Ethics Board (HREB) affected?

The Research Ethics Office is currently open and its operations are continuing as usual. Staff are working remotely, which is facilitated by online platforms (ROMEO/Researcher Portal and VPN access). All REO staff will continue to be accessible via email and phone.

How are the HREB meetings affected?

In an effort to minimize in-person interactions and practise physical distancing, the HREB meetings will be held electronically until further notice. To accommodate these meetings, we are asking all HREB members to utilize the Researcher Portal to its full capacity.

What is the process as it relates to applications with the Health Research Ethics Board (HREB)

For research – new or ongoing – requiring approval from the HREB, following approval process described here, prior to resuming their research, researchers must follow Memorial’s revised COVID-19 Research Working Group Framework and go back to the HREB in the event that there are subsequent changes to the research protocol as a result of the Environmental Health and Safety or decanal approval. For all research requiring ethics clearance, researchers must ensure that such permissions and ethics clearances, or amended protocols/clearances, are linked or uploaded in ROMEO. 

Who should I contact if I have questions for the HREB?

If you require any assistance, please contact info@hrea.ca.


Interdisciplinary Committee on Ethics in Human Research and Grenfell Campus Research Ethics Board

How are the Interdisciplinary Committee on Ethics in Human Research (ICEHR) and the Grenfell Campus Research Ethics Board (GC-REB) affected?

ICEHR and GC-REB staff are doing their best to continue ethics review processing during the pandemic and reviewers are continuing to provide their reviews for new ethics applications that are submitted. Please be patient and expect longer wait times, as ICEHR and GC-REB staff are working remotely from home, facilitated by online platforms (ROMEO/Researcher Portal and VPN access). 

How are the ICEHR and GC-REB meetings affected?

As usual, submission and review of ethics applications is ongoing via the Researcher Portal, rather than in committee meetings. New ICEHR applications are assigned to a delegated review team of three members for assessment of risk, and feedback to the ethics officer and the chair of ICEHR within 10-12 days. Review of research judged to be above minimal risk and subject to full review by the entire committee may be delayed depending on availability of members to attend a meeting remotely.

In an effort to minimize in-person interactions and practice social distancing, the GC-REB meetings will be held electronically until further notice. To accommodate these meetings, we are asking all GC-REB members to utilize the Researcher Portal to its full capacity. 

Will new research be approved by ICEHR and GC-REB?

Yes, but approval for research with human participants during the pandemic is subject to the changing restrictions and requirements of the currently stipulated Level of the COVID-19 Research Working Group (CRWG) Framework process. For details and ongoing, periodic updates, please consult here.

My ICEHR or GC-REB approved research activities were supposed to include in-person interactions. What should I do now?

In-person research is subject to the changing restrictions and requirements of the currently stipulated level of the COVID-19 Research Working Group (CRWG) Framework process.
For details and ongoing, periodic updates, please consult here.

For additional details, please see here.

Who should I contact if I have questions for ICEHR or GC-REB?

Contact ICEHR staff via email at icehr@mun.ca or leave a voicemail for Ethics Officer Theresa Heath at 709-864-2861.

GC-REB staff member Lan Ma is accessible via email at gcethics@grenfell.mun.ca and phone at 709-639-7596. 


Indigenous Research

How can I continue or start my research with Indigenous Groups?

Memorial has had requests related to resumption of Research Impacting Indigenous Groups. Where research impacts on Indigenous groups, the resumption of any on-campus research, fieldwork or research – new or ongoing – involving face-to-face interactions with research participants must, in addition to the required Interdisciplinary Committee on Ethics in Human Research (ICEHR) or Health Research Ethics Authority (HREA approval), also have permission from the appropriate Indigenous group/s as a condition of approval to resume research, including documentation of consent to resume research activities within already-existing research approvals. Please contact Indigenousresearch@mun.ca to provide documentation of appropriate permissions, or seek advice as needed. For all research requiring ethics clearance or Indigenous group permission, researchers must ensure that such permissions and ethics clearances, or amended protocols/clearances, are linked or uploaded in ROMEO. Please see here for more information.

Contact

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