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Queen's University

Psychology Research Ethics Board

All research with humans undertaken at Queen's must conform to the principles of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans. It is the responsibility of all researchers to be familiar with these guidelines, as interpreted by the Queen's University General Research Ethics Board (GREB), and to ensure that their research conforms to all requirements. You can work through the TCPS guidelines with this interactive tutorial. All the necessary information, including application forms, can be accessed on the Internet at the GREB web site.

The role of the Psychology Research Ethics Board is to assist researchers in interpreting the guidelines and in preparing applications to be reviewed by the Queen's University GREB. The PSYC REB can recommend that the GREB give an application expedited consideration, or full consideration if the research is judged by the PSYC REB to be of more than "low ethical concern and minimal risk".

The PSYC REB alone is responsible for ensuring that coursework, undergraduate theses, and graduate pilot research conform to the guidelines, provided they are of low ethical concern and minimal risk. Specific questions can be directed to the Chair of the PSYC REB at (Dr. Stanka Fitneva).

Research to be reviewed by the Health Sciences Research Ethics Board (HREB) should be sent to Health Sciences REB directly, and is not sent to the PSYC REB or the GREB.  Determination of the appropriate ethics board to review an application will be based primarily on the methodological features of the proposed research rather than the location where the data are to be collected.  The HREB will clear projects involving research methodologies typically confined to the health sciences (e.g., collection of saliva samples, blood draws, etc.).  GREB will handle all other research methodologies.

Applications for either board can be submitted online using the ROMEO system.

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