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.

NOTE:  Medical students and/or residents and faculty are required to submit applications for ethics review to the HREB for research related to medical and/or health education, such as studies that examine training and/or competencies for medical residents and/or other health care professionals in nursing or medicine, as well as studies involving patients as participants, and the secondary use of clinical data, biological samples, or medical records. Health research does not include tests on non-healthcare equipment or tools to be used by humans (such as automobile or helicopter safety studies, or human kinetic research to establish safety parameters for sports equipment or training).  If in doubt, please email before submitting an application.

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 ICEHR 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

Research Update (posted at

Effective Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, the following measures are in effect:

In addition to critical COVID-19 research and essential clinical trials that cannot be delayed, low-risk research involving face-to-face interactions with research participants may also be carried out subject to normal ethics approvals. Low-risk research requires that the researchers and the research participants maintain, at all times, a minimum of two-metres physical distancing and wear three-ply masks. Where the research cannot meet this requirement, researchers must co-ordinate with Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) at to determine whether their research activities can resume at this time and to determine what additional control measures would be required if it is possible for the research to resume.

In accordance with the above, ICEHR requires

• Researchers who have ICEHR approval for in-person research to to follow the stipulations outlined in the research update above.  Those who may wish to conduct their research remotely / virtually must first submit an ICEHR amendment request and revised protocols, to be reviewed and approved, before proceeding.
• Researchers submitting a new ICEHR application involving in-person research to follow the stipulations outlined in the research update above.

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.