General Research Ethics Board (GREB)

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We are currently experiencing a high volume of ethics submissions and are prioritizing the review of COVID-19 related research. Review timelines are ~ 2-4 weeks for GREB.

We recommend your application is submitted to the REB as early as possible.

Thanks for your patience.

If you have questions related to your submission please contact

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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In-Person Human Participant Research

Restrictions are 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

  • 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

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 for the most up-to-date information.

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

  Virtual Research Guidelines

GREB Combined and Searchable SOPs

 GREB Combined and Searchable SOPs (PDF 4 MB)


SOP # Title Effective Date
101  Authority and Purpose (PDF 136 KB) February 8, 2016
102  Research Activities Requiring GREB Review (PDF 135 KB) February 8, 2016
103  Signatory Authority (PDF 99 KB) February 8, 2016
104  Management of GREB Office Personnel (PDF 106 KB) February 8, 2016
105A   Conflicts of Interest (COI) GREB Members & Office Personnel (PDF 136 KB) May 19, 2016
105B  Conflicts of Interest (COI) Researchers (PDF 154 KB) February 8, 2016
105C  Conflicts of Interest (COI) Queen's University (PDF 108 KB) February 8, 2016
106  Standard Operating Procedures Maintenance (PDF 90 KB) February 8, 2016


SOP # Title Effective Date
201  Composition of GREB (PDF 111 KB) February 8, 2016
202  Management of GREB Membership (PDF 230 KB) February 8, 2016
203  Duties of GREB Memberships (PDF 137 KB) February 8, 2016
204  GREB Personnel Serving as GREB Members (PDF 91 KB) February 8, 2016
205  Management and Duties of Unit REBs (PDF 143 KB) February 8, 2016
206  Training and Education (PDF 57 KB) December 14, 2020


SOP # Title Effective Date
301  GREB Submission Requirements and Administrative Review (PDF 118 KB) February 8, 2016
302  GREB Meeting Administration (PDF 145 KB) February 8, 2016
303  Document Management (PDF 122 KB) February 8, 2016


SOP # Title Effective Date
401  Unit REB Reviews (PDF 94 KB) March 7, 2016
402  GREB Delegated Reviews (PDF 137 KB) March 7, 2016
403  GREB Full Board Reviews (PDF 135 KB) March 7, 2016
404  Criteria for GREB Ethical Clearance (PDF 52 KB) December 14, 2020
405  Amendments to GREB Applications (PDF 93 KB) March 7, 2016
406  Adverse Events Related to GREB Applications (PDF 122 KB) April 1, 2016
407  Renewal of Ethics Clearance (PDF 160 KB) May 19, 2016
408  GREB Research Completion (PDF 68 KB) March 7, 2016
409  GREB Research Requiring Federalwide Assurance (FWA) (PDF 173 KB) March 7, 2016
410  Suspension or Termination of GREB Ethics Clearance (PDF 156 KB) April 1, 2016
411  GREB Protocol Deviation Reporting (PDF 159 KB) June 30, 2021


SOP # Title Effective Date
501  GREB Review During Publicly Declared Emergencies (PDF 140 KB) March 30, 2016


SOP # Title Effective Date
601  Communication Researcher (PDF 93 KB) March 30, 2016
602  Communication Research Participants (PDF 85 KB) March 30, 2016

700 INFORMED CONSENT (701-704)

SOP # Title Effective Date
701  Informed Consent Form Requirements and Documentation (PDF 126 KB) March 30, 2016
702  Waiver or Alteration of Informed Consent (PDF 106 KB) March 30, 2016
703  Consent for Research Involving Individuals Who Lack Capacity (PDF 102 KB) March 30, 2016
704  Consent and Secondary Use of Identifiable Data (PDF 91 KB) March 30, 2016


SOP # Title Effective Date
801  Researcher Qualifications and Responsibilities (PDF 180 KB) March 30, 2016


SOP # Title Effective Date
901  External Audits or Inspections (PDF 102 KB) March 30, 2016
902  Quality Assurance Inspections (PDF 124 KB) March 30, 2016
903  Non-Compliance (PDF 155 KB)  March 30, 2016


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.

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

Name and Title Email Phone Number

Dr. Andrew Winterborn

For Scheduling, please contact  Emma Hamer 613-533-2988

Jennifer Couture
Manager, Research Ethics Compliance

For Scheduling, please contact  Emma Hamer

ext. 78223

Crystal McCracken
Ethics Compliance Advisor

For Scheduling, please contact  Emma Hamer

ext. 75826

Daniel Tesolin
Ethics Coordinator, GREB


Emma Hamer
Ethics Assistant  


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