General Research Ethics Board (GREB)

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 NOTICE

In-Person Human Participant Research

  • Any previously approved in-person human participant research activity taking place in KFL&A only, and involving participants from KFL&A only, may resume
  • In-Person research involving human participants from outside KFL&A continues to be suspended with the following exceptions:
    • COVID-19 Research
    • Study involves in-person research where the participant is receiving a service that would be delivered/received regardless of the research (e.g., medical treatment)
    • 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
    • Contact your Associate Dean of Research should you be unclear whether your human participant study can continue
  • New requests for in-person human participant research will be reviewed and approved by the central Research Response Team via your Associate Dean of Research

  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.

Communication Bulletin

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GREB Membership/Unit REB

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GREB Meeting Schedule

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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 Emma Hamer

andrew.winterborn@queensu.ca

613-533-3047

Jennifer Couture
Manager, Research Ethics Compliance
For scheduling, please contact Emma Hamer

jennifer.couture@queensu.ca

613-533-6000
ext. 78223

Daniel Tesolin
Ethics Coordinator, GREB

daniel.tesolin@queensu.ca

 

Crystal McCracken
Ethics Compliance Advisor
For scheduling, please contact Emma Hamer

crystal.mccracken@queensu.ca

613-533-6000
ext. 75826

Emma Hamer
Ethics Assistant

emma.hamer@queensu.ca