Human Research Ethics Procedures & Information

The steps to prepare your human research ethics documentation are listed below.  There are separate processes for submissions depending on whether you are a faculty member or a student.  Please be sure to read the list of steps that are applicable to you.

Faculty Member Application Procedures for human ethics submission and review by SKHS Unit REB:

  1. Prepare your research proposal, methods, and questionnaire(s) as applicable.
  2. Click here to complete the TRAQ Registration.
  3. You are now ready to upload application and all attachments to TRAQ.
  4. Log In to TRAQ using Queen's Net ID and password and complete the steps in sequence.
  5. Hit SUBMIT to finalize submission and send it to the SKHS Unit REB.
  6. Your application will be sent directly to GREB for review unless you have requested feedback from the SKHS Unit REB.

Student Member Application Procedures for human ethics submission and review by SKHS Unit REB:

  1. Prepare your research proposal, methods, and questionnaire(s) as applicable.
  2. Meet with your supervisor to review your application and attach either an email or letter with their approval.
  3. Click here to complete the TRAQ Registration.
  4. Upload application and all attachments to TRAQ.
  5. Log In to TRAQ using Queen's Net ID and password and complete the steps in sequence.
  6. Hit SUBMIT to finalize submission and send it to the SKHS Unit REB.

SKHS has a Unit Research Ethics Board (Unit REB) that assists in processing all research related documentation.  Your documentation will be reviewed by the Unit REB for accuracy, completeness, and to ensure that it follows all required policies, procedures and guidelines established by the University.  The SKHS Unit REB Subcommittee will use a checklist to ensure your submission meets those standards.  To assist you in preparing your ethics documentation submission to the highest standard, please review the SKHS Unit REB Reviewer's Checklist available here.

Steps to be completed by SKHS Unit REB for both Faculty Member and Student Member applications:

  1. Review by the SKHS Unit REB will be completed within three weeks of your submission
  2. You will receive notification via email if your submission requires edits
  3. Low risk projects will by reviewed and approved by the SKHS Unit REB
  4. Higher risk projects will be forwarded to the General Research Ethics Board (GREB) for review and approval
  5. Where your project is sent for review by GREB you will receive notification via ROMEO.  Further discussion will take place between the student and GREB directly
  6. SKHS Unit REB will receive an approval letter for SKHS files

Upon receipt of written approval from the appropriate level of review - Unit REB or GREB - you may proceed with your project.

Some ethics projects will require approval through the Health Sciences Research Board - details available here.