University Research Services

University Research Services
University Research Services

March 20, 2020 The environment related to COVID-19 is fluid and forever changing. Following extensive consultation, we are implementing the following policy for human participant research:

COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions on Research Ethics

Indigenous Based Research
Given the public health concerns of COVID-19 we are requesting that researchers working with Indigenous peoples and/or communities stop research/data gathering and determine when such work may continue only after you have consulted with the community in question. It is best practice to consult with the communities to determine whether they wish for you to continue with the research collaboration.

Non-Hospital Based Research
All non-hospital based research (GREB & HSREB) that requires person-to-person interaction with participants should be suspended. If the research study is providing an essential treatment option that is absolutely necessary for the welfare of the participant(s) a request for exemptions will be required. Exemption requests need to be vetted by Jennifer Couture to bring forward to the appropriate REB Chair for consideration. New ethics applications that require person-to-person interactions with participants will be reviewed and as applicable, Conditional Clearance will be provided with the stipulation that permission will need to be provided by Queen’s University as well as the community partner prior to work commencing . If existing ethics clearance is in place with person-to-person interactions, modifications should be made to eliminate person-to-person interactions without loss of scientific validity (i.e., virtually or through other means). Modifications to New Ethics applications that are able to eliminate these interactions will be considered for review. As greater clarification on risks of COVID-19 spread and risk of infection is provided by Queen’s University and our Public Health partners, these restrictions will be re-assessed. Please visit for the most up to date information on the COVID-19 Outbreak and its Impact on Queen's University Research

Please note the link to the TCPS 2 CORE tutorial has changed, please visit the new webpage here.

General Research Ethics Board (GREB)

The Principal of Queen's University has invested in the General Research Ethics Board (GREB) the authority to review any proposed research involving human participants that is conducted under the auspices of Queen's University. GREB primarily has human ethics authority over humanities, social science, science, engineering, and administrative research involving humans.

Queen's Federalwide Assurance Number:  FWA00004184. GREB IRB Number: IRB00003062.

Have you read the GREB 2019 Spring Newsletter (PDF, 664 KB) yet?

Questions about Research Ethics?Schedule a one-on-one meeting with us  today!

Double Check: Have you double checked your consent form against the new GREB LOI/CF Checklist (DOC, 48 KB) yet?

Letter of Information/Consent Form Resources
GREB Full Board Meeting & Submission Schedule
Research Concerns


Talk to Us
If you have concerns regarding a research study conducted under the authority of the General Research Ethics Board (GREB); please contact the GREB Ethics Office.

Our Contact information

Telephone: 1-844-535-2988;
or Email: GREB Chair at

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

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

Contact Us
Name and Title Email Phone Number
Dr. Andrew Winterborn
For scheduling, please contact Mallory Walker
Jennifer Couture
Manager, Research Ethics Compliance
ext. 78223
Crystal McCracken
Ethics Compliance Advisor

ext. 75826
Gail Irving
Ethics Coordinator (GREB)
ext. 78281
Mallory Walker
Ethics Assistant
ext. 74105

Complete GREB Application Form Using TRAQ flowchart