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.

For COVID-19 research updates, please consult

ICEHR  update for in-person research (9 July 2021)

  • Researchers who do not have ICEHR approval for in-person research must first submit an ICEHR amendment request and protocols which include the COVID-19 requirements below, to be reviewed and approved, before proceeding.
  • Researchers submitting a new ICEHR application must include the COVID-19 requirements below in their study protocols.

The recruitment document(s) must state that before in-person research [for example, interview or lab experiment] begins, participants will be required to complete the COVID-19 daily assessment tool, available at

The confidentiality section of the consent form(s) must state that for in-person research [for example, interview or lab experiment], Memorial University requires researchers to keep a record of each participant’s name, contact information and the date and time of their participation [for example, interview or lab experiment], which will be provided to health authorities for contact tracing in the event that participants may be exposed to COVID-19, but that this information will be stored separately from the consent forms and research data.

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 guidance provided by the Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics (PRE) at

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. 



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