University Research Services

University Research Services
University Research Services

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

HSREB Letter to Research Community September 6, 2018

The HSREB Full Board Submission Deadline for the October 15, 2018 meeting has been extended to Oct 1, 2018

The Office of Research Ethics Security Protocol has been updated to reflect a new start time of 6:00 pm as of 2018SEP25

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.

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 In response to the research community, Clinical Trials Ontario (CTO) announced that the streamlined research ethics review system was expanded to include observational research studies as of October 12, 2017, in addition to clinical trials.  
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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
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