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.

The Principal of Queen's University has invested in the Queen’s University Health Sciences and Affiliated Teaching Hospitals Research Ethics Board (HSREB) the authority to review proposed research involving human participants that are being conducted under the auspices of Queen's University. HSREB primarily reviews 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. GREB primarily conducts reviews in the areas of humanities, social science, science, engineering, and administrative research. The HSREB is also a Clinical Trials Ontario (CTO)  Qualified REB. 

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


Travel & Expense Reimbursements

The reimbursement of expenses (both travel and non-travel) incurred in conducting University business is governed by the Travel and Expense Reimbursement Policy and related procedures.  Please note that this policy was revised, effective January 1, 2021.

Significant changes from previous policies and procedures include:

  • Mandatory use of the ERS (Expense Reimbursement System) for all who have access to it (includes all Staff, Faculty, and Graduate Students)
  • Release of new Travel Credit Card (TCard) program
    • Travel advances will no longer be issued for costs that can be paid for through a TCard
    • Costs incurred in advance of travel (ex. Flight prepayments) can be claimed when booking finalized, if paid for on TCard
  • Reference to the new Professional Expense Reimbursement Procedure for QUFA Members
  • Additions to list of positions that can approve an Exception to Policy

Cash Advances

Information on cash advances for research participant payment is available in the ERS (Expense Reimbursement System) section under “Cash Advances”.

Click here to view all forms and policies on the 
Travel & Expense Reimbursements page of the Financial Services website. 


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 Office of Research Ethics.

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

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.