Interdisciplinary Committee on Ethics in Human Research (ICEHR)
ICEHR reviews ethics applications from faculty, student, and staff researchers at the St. John's campus in the Faculties of Humanities and Social Sciences, Business Administration, Education, and Science; the Schools of Human Kinetics and Recreation, Music, and Social Work; other areas of the university such as the Student Wellness and Counselling Centre, and also the Marine Institute.
Applications for ethics review must be completed and submitted using the Researcher Portal. To access the portal please follow this link.
For more information about applications, required documentation, and post-approval event forms, please refer to the 'applications and forms' link on the left side of this page.
LEVEL 2 ** COVID-19 ** statement regarding on-campus research and scholarly activities, fieldwork and interaction with research participants from vice-president (research)
[September 28, 2020]
Based on level 2 of the MUN COVID-19 Research Working Group (CRWG) Framework [https://www.mun.ca/research/CRWGResActFrameworkREVISEDJUNE_24.pdf], researchers with approved ICEHR protocols involving in-person, fieldwork, and/or on-campus research cannot resume research activities until they request and obtain approval from (1) the dean or school head and (2) Environmental Health and Safety (or the campus equivalent), using the relevant request forms available at https://www.mun.ca/research/news.php?id=13664, which include an activity-specific COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan that details the measures to be put in place within research spaces under the control of the principal investigator, and subsequently submit a copy of the request forms and approvals to ICEHR using the ICEHR - Post-Approval Document Submission form via the Applications: Post-Review link in the Researcher Portal.
Otherwise, researchers with approved ICEHR protocols involving in-person, fieldwork, and/or on-campus research must either modify their recruitment and data collection to use remote rather than in-person methods, or suspend the activity until in-person research is permitted to resume. Researchers who opt to replace in-person interactions with remote communication must first submit an ICEHR amendment request, to be reviewed and approved before proceeding.
Likewise, researchers who have submitted new ICEHR applications or amendment requests for revised protocols involving in-person, fieldwork, and/or on-campus research will not receive ICEHR approval until they obtain approval from (1) the dean or school head and (2) Environmental Health and Safety (or the campus equivalent), using the relevant request forms noted above, and a copy of the request forms and approvals is provided to ICEHR.
ICEHR reminds researchers that the MUN CRWG Framework stipulates that research that can be carried out remotely will continue to be done remotely; and researchers are asked to request to carry out on-campus research activity, fieldwork, or face-to-face interactions with research participants only if absolutely necessary.
In these exceptional circumstances, the considerations and pressures around the ethical conduct of research involving humans are complex and continually evolving. ICEHR encourages researchers to consult recent guidance provided by the Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics (PRE) at https://ethics.gc.ca/eng/nr-cp_2020-09-02.html.
Other Research Ethics Boards
If you are not affiliated with Memorial's St. John's campus or the Marine Institute, you may need to consult with the Health Research Ethics Authority (HREA) to determine if your research may be health-related, or the Grenfell Campus Research Ethics Board (GC-REB), if you are affiliated with Memorial's Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook.