University Research Services

University Research Services
University Research Services

Health Sciences and Affiliated Teaching Hospitals Research Ethics Board (HSREB)

The Principal of Queen's University has invested in the Health Sciences and Affiliated Teaching Hospitals Research Ethics Board (HSREB) the authority to review proposed research involving human participants that is being conducted under the auspices of Queen's University. HSREB primarily reviews health science research, including all human participant research being conducted at the affiliated teaching hospitals (Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KGH and HDH Sites), Kingston General Health Research Institute (KGHRI), Hotel Dieu Hospital Research Institute (HDHRI), Providence Care Centre (PCC) and Ongwanada. The HSREB is also a Clinical Trials Ontario (CTO) Qualified REB. 

Queen's Federalwide Assurance Number:  FWA00004184. HSREB IRB Number: IRB00001173.

Important Information
1. Public Comments on the Proposed Changes to TCPS 2 ( 2014) In October 2016: the Panel on Research Ethics released proposed changes to TCPS 2 (2014) to the public for comment. Written comments were accepted until January 31, 2017. All comments received have been posted to the Panel’s website unless the contributor requested that they remain confidential. This valuable feedback will now be taken into consideration as the Panel and Secretariat prepare recommendations to the federal research Agencies (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC) that are responsible for approving revisions to TCPS 2 (2014).
2. As of April 1, 2017 the HSREB is requesting that all updates to human participant research materials based on the integration of the Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KGH Site and HDH Site) be submitted to the HSREB when the next amendment to the research is required. Please contact the Ethics Office 613-533-6000 ext. 74814 if you have any questions or require further clarification.
Clinical Trials Ontario
Researchers conducting multi-centre clinical trials involving two or more sites in Ontario must use Clinical Trials Ontario streamlined ethics review. For more information, contact the HSREB or CTO: 416-673-6670 or
Clinical Trials Ontario Research Ethics Board logo
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply for Human Participant Ethics Clearance? You must log in to the online ethics application system using TRAQ to access the application forms.
HSREB Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
100 General Administration
200 HSREB Organization
300 Functions and Operations
400 Reviews of Research
500 Reviews Requiring Special Consideration
600 HSREB Communication and Notification
700 Informed Consent
800 Responsibilities of Investigators
900 Quality Management
HSREB Full Board Meeting and Submission Schedule for 2017

SCHEDULE 2017 Health Sciences and Affiliated Teaching Hospitals Research Ethics Board (HSREB)​

January 3, 2017
January 30, 2017
February 27, 2017
March 27, 2017
April 24, 2017
May 29, 2017
July 31, 2017
August 28, 2017
September 25, 2017
October 0, 2017
November 27, 2017
January 16, 2017*
February 13, 2017
March 20, 2017
April 10, 2017
May 8, 2017
June 12, 2017
August 14, 2017
September 11, 2017
October 16, 2017
November 13, 2017
December 11, 2017

*Indicates Change to 3rd Monday of the Month due to Holidays

Questions or concerns with a deadline?
Contact: Kathy Reed, HSREB Coordinator - (613) 533-6000 ext 77000

Research Complaint Process



Talk to Us
If you have concerns regarding a research study conducted under the authority of Queen’s University, Kingston General Hospital, Hotel Dieu Hospital, Providence Care Centre, or the Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington Health Unit; please contact the HSREB Ethics Office.

Our Contact information

Toll Free Telephone in North America: 1-844-535-2988
Email: HSREB Chair at

Our Role
Your welfare is our concern. If you have any ethics concerns or complaints about a research study, please contact the HSREB Ethics Office.

What We Will Do

• We will listen to you and address your concerns,
• We will respect your confidentiality,
• We will keep you informed about the progress of the review and its conclusion.

HSREB has the authority to stop a research study until action has been taken to remedy the identified problem.


HSREB Process Review Flow Chart