General Research Ethics Board (GREB)

  NOTICE

In-person human participant research is suspended with the following exceptions:

  1. COVID-19 Research
  2. When the study involves in-person research where the participant is receiving a service that would be delivered/received regardless of the research (e.g. studies associated with standard of care , medical treatments, etc.)
  3. Researchers currently in other regions or countries conducting approved in-person research, may continue, as long as they follow all applicable local public health directives and safety measures
  4. Contact your Associate Dean of Research If you are unclear about whether your human participant study can continue.

   COVID-19 UPDATES

January 4, 2021: Restrictions are now in place for in-person research. The process to start or resume in-person research can be found on the VPR website and includes 3 key steps. View Human Participant Research Guidelines and SOP

Additional clarification on COVID-19 spread and risk of infection is provided by Queen’s University and our Public Health partners and are continuously being re-assessed. Visit queensu.ca/vpr/covid-19 for the most up to date information.

Please feel free to contact Jennifer Couture, Manager, Research Ethics Compliance Jennifer.couture@queenu.ca, if you have any questions related to conducting in-person research.

  Virtual Research Guidelines


 

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.

GREB Membership/Unit REB

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GREB Combined and Searchable SOPs

 GREB Combined and Searchable SOPs (PDF 4 MB)

100 GENERAL ADMINISTRATION (101-106)

SOP # Title Effective Date
101 Authority and Purpose (PDF 136 KB) 2016FEB08
102 Research Activities Requiring GREB Review (PDF 135 KB) 2016FEB08
103 Signatory Authority (PDF 99 KB) 2016FEB08
104 Management of GREB Office Personnel (PDF 106 KB) 2016FEB08
105A  Conflicts of Interest (COI) GREB Members & Office Personnel (PDF 136 KB) 2016MAY19
105B Conflicts of Interest (COI) Researchers (PDF 154 KB) 2016FEB08
105C Conflicts of Interest (COI) Queen's University (PDF 108 KB) 2016FEB08
106 Standard Operating Procedures Maintenance (PDF 90 KB) 2016FEB08

200 GREB ORGANIZATION (201-206)

SOP # Title Effective Date
201 Composition of GREB (PDF 111 KB) 2016FEB08
202 Management of GREB Membership (PDF 230 KB) 2016FEB08
203 Duties of GREB Memberships (PDF 137 KB) 2016FEB08
204 GREB Personnel Serving as GREB Members (PDF 91 KB) 2016FEB08
205 Management and Duties of Unit REBs (PDF 143 KB) 2016FEB08
206 Training and Education (PDF 57 KB) 2020DEC14

300 FUNCTIONS AND OPERATIONS (301-303)

SOP # Title Effective Date
301 GREB Submission Requirements and Administrative Review (PDF 118 KB) 2016FEB08
302 GREB Meeting Administration (PDF 145 KB) 2016FEB08
303 Document Management (PDF 122 KB) 2016FEB08

400 REVIEWS OF RESEARCH (401-410)

SOP # Title Effective Date
401 Unit REB Reviews (PDF 94 KB) 2016MAR07
402 GREB Delegated Reviews (PDF 137 KB) 2016MAR07
403 GREB Full Board Reviews (PDF 135 KB) 2016MAR07
404 Criteria for GREB Ethical Clearance (PDF 52 KB) 2020DEC14
405 Amendments to GREB Applications (PDF 93 KB) 2016MAR07
406 Adverse Events Related to GREB Applications (PDF 122 KB) 2016APR01
407 Renewal of Ethics Clearance (PDF 160 KB) 2016MAY19
408 GREB Research Completion (PDF 68 KB) 2016MAR07
409 GREB Research Requiring Federalwide Assurance (FWA) (PDF 173 KB) 2016MAR07
410 Suspension or Termination of GREB Ethics Clearance (PDF 156 KB) 2016APR01

500 REVIEWS REQUIRING SPECIAL CONSIDERATION (501)

SOP # Title Effective Date
501 GREB Review During Publicly Declared Emergencies (PDF 140 KB) 2016MAR30

600 GREB COMMUNICATION AND NOTIFICATION (601-602)

SOP # Title Effective Date
601 Communication Researcher (PDF 93 KB) 2016MAR30
602 Communication Research Participants (PDF 85 KB) 2016MAR30

700 INFORMED CONSENT (701-704)

SOP # Title Effective Date
701 Informed Consent Form Requirements and Documentation (PDF 126 KB) 2016MAR30
702 Waiver or Alteration of Informed Consent (PDF 106 KB) 2016MAR30
703 Consent for Research Involving Individuals Who Lack Capacity (PDF 102 KB) 2016MAR30
704 Consent and Secondary Use of Identifiable Data (PDF 91 KB) 2016MAR30

800 REVIEWS REQUIRING SPECIAL CONSIDERATION (801)

SOP # Title Effective Date
801 Researcher Qualifications and Responsibilities (PDF 180 KB) 2016MAR30

900 FUNCTIONS AND OPERATIONS (901-903)

SOP # Title Effective Date
901 External Audits or Inspections (PDF 102 KB) 2016MAR30
902 Quality Assurance Inspections (PDF 124 KB) 2016MAR30
903 Non-Compliance (PDF 155 KB)  2016MAR30

GENERAL RESEARCH ETHICS BOARD (GREB) RESEARCH COMPLAINT PROCESS

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 chair.GREB@queensu.ca

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.

 Please note: The Ethics Office is working remotely until further notice. 

Name and Title Email Phone Number

Dr. Andrew Winterborn

Director, Research Ethics Compliance 
For scheduling, please contact Mallory Walker

andrew.winterborn@queensu.ca

613-533-3047

Jennifer Couture

Manager, Research Ethics Compliance
For scheduling, please contact Mallory Walker

jennifer.couture@queensu.ca

613-533-6000

ext. 78223

Gail Irving

Ethics Coordinator (GREB)

irvingg@queensu.ca

613-533-6000

ext. 78281

Crystal McCracken

Ethics Compliance Advisor
For scheduling, please contact Mallory Walker.

crystal.mccracken@queensu.ca

613-533-6000

ext. 75826

Mallory Walker

Ethics Assistant

mallory.walker@queensu.ca

613-533-6000

ext. 74105