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


The vision of the Queen’s University Health Sciences and Affiliated Teaching Hospitals Research Ethics Board (HSREB) is to provide education, guidance and oversight for research involving human participants. 


The mission of Queen’s University Health Sciences and Affiliated Teaching Hospitals Research Ethics Board (HSREB) is to ensure that research involving human participants follows equity-oriented principles. The HSREB shall promote education and ongoing training for all researchers and its REB members, facilitate the review process through guidance and support to the researchers in the submission and review process, and develop and implement policies and procedures that ensure research compliance with evolving provincial, national, and international guidelines (i.e., the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans). The HSREB shall function as an autonomous entity and recognizes that all members of the University community share a joint commitment to maintaining research integrity and the highest concern for human dignity, welfare, and justice.

Queen’s University Health Sciences and Affiliated Teaching Hospitals Research Ethics Board (HSREB) is the authority to review proposed research involving human participants that are being conducted under the auspices of Queen's University. HSREB primarily has ethics authority over health science research, including all research being conducted at the affiliated teaching hospitals Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KGH and HDH Sites), Providence Care Centre (PCC) and Ongwanada.  
When submitting to HSREB, researchers are expected to provide clear and comprehensive documentation, demonstrating a thorough understanding of ethical considerations. The submission process, marked by transparency and collaboration, reflects Queen’s commitment to responsible and ethical research practices.

 Message from the Chair of HSREB

More Information

Name Size and file type Last approved
 HSREB Terms of Reference  PDF 196 KB 25-Oct-2023

A message from Hotel Dieu Hospital (HDH) and Providence Care Hospital (PCH):
The Kingston Health Sciences Centre Operating Agreement  assures the preservation of the continued Catholic mission and approach at its Hotel Dieu Hospital (HDH) Site. Providence Care Hospital (PCH) is also a Catholic-sponsored healthcare organization. As such, individuals undertaking research at HDH and/or PCH will uphold the Catholic Values outlined by The Catholic Health Alliance of Canada in accordance with the Health Ethics Guide, Third edition.

 Health Ethics Guide (PDF 3.6 MB)

Research Ethics Complaint Process:

If you have concerns regarding the ethical conduct of 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 Research Ethics Office.

Our Contact information

Toll-Free Telephone in North America: 1-844-535-2988


Clinical Trials Ontario (CTO)

Clinical Trials Ontario improves clinical trials for a better Ontario.

Researchers conducting multi-centre clinical trials involving two or more sites in Ontario must use Clinical Trials Ontario streamlined ethics review.

Canadian Collaboration for Child Health: Efficiency and Excellence in the Ethics Review of Research (CHEER)

CHEER is a Canada-wide initiative on a mission to improve child health by streamlining research ethics review for child health research. CHEER is led by Clinical Trials Ontario and the Maternal Infant Youth Research Network, in partnership with the Queen’s University Faculty of Health Sciences, Office for Professional Development and Educational Scholarship, and investigators and collaborators across the country.

Queen's Federalwide Assurance Number: FWA00004184
HSREB IRB Number: IRB00001173