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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 (PDF, 1.6 MB). All researchers must 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. All the necessary information to submit to GREB, including application forms and guidelines for the letter of information/consent form (LOI/CF), recruitment posters, using Qualtrics, etc., can be accessed at the GREB web site.

**NEW** As of December 2, 2019, all faculty, librarians, archivists, and research team members applying for ethics clearance will be required to complete the Course on Research Ethics (CORE interactive tutorial) and provide evidence of ethics training by uploading a CORE completion certificate into the TRAQ ethics application system. That is, starting December 2, 2019, all NEW ethics applications that are submitted without evidence of ethics training for all team members will be returned to the applicant with a request to complete the mandatory ethics training. This requirement will not be retroactive and will impact only new applications submitted for ethics review.

The Psychology Research Ethics Board reviews applications only from student researchers (faculty and post-docs apply directly to GREB). Unit REBs exist for two reasons:

1. To provide discipline specific feedback to students conducting human research

2. To assist with the high volume of applications from specific departments

The Unit REB also makes recommendations for delegated or full GREB review. The Unit REB review process tends to be quicker when students ensure that their LOI/CF conforms to the latest guidelines and is consistent with information provided in the relevant sections of the GREB application.  Students doing online studies using Qualtrics also should consult GREB’s Guidance for Qualtrics documents. Specific questions can be directed to the Chair of the PSYC REB at (Dr. Jill Jacobson).

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 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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