Research Ethics at Michener

The Michener Institute has policies and procedures in place to ensure that research involving human subjects conducted under its auspices meet the highest ethical standards.

This includes research conducted independently or collaboratively by Michener faculty, staff, and students, as well as research conducted by individuals or groups external to the Michener Institute.

About the Research Ethics Board (REB)

The Research Ethics Board (REB) is responsible for assuring that all research carried out or in collaboration with the Michener Institute meets current scientific, regulatory, and ethical standards for the protection of human research participants.  The REB has two main functions:

  1. Review proposed study submissions for science and ethics;
  2. Promote education pertaining to research ethics

What REB applicants need to know and do prior to submission:

  • Individuals carrying out research at or in collaboration with the Michener Institute must be appropriately qualified in terms of their education, training, and experience to assume the responsibilities associated with the role. Investigators will carry out research at the Michener Institute in such a way that the research meets current scientific, regulatory, and ethical standards while maintaining alignment with Michener’s corporate policies, vision, mission, and values. For a complete list of Investigator responsibilities, please refer to Michener’s REB Policy on Investigator Qualifications and Responsibilities.
  • Any research studies carried out at The Michener Institute, or in collaboration with Michener faculty, staff, or students, which involve human participants must be reviewed and approved by The Michener Institute’s REB. Research studies may not commence until they meet institutional requirements and REB approval has been obtained.
  • All REB applicants must complete the Tri-Council Policy (TCPS) 2: Course on Research Ethics (CORE) 
    online tutorial before their study commences. The TCPS describes standards and procedures to be used by REBs for governing research involving human subjects.
  • Obtaine The Michener Institute REB Submission Form. An REB Submission Checklist should also be obtained and submitted with your REB Submission Form. The REB Submission Checklist is used as a guide to ensure that all required elements are included in your submission to be considered for REB review.
  • REB submissions should be completed and submitted to the Applied Educational Research (AER) Office at research@michener.ca.

Forms

  • The Michener Institute REB Submission Form: used for social sciences/humanities projects/studies.
    * The Michener Institute REB Submission Form is aligned and harmonized with The Toronto Academic Health Science Network (TAHSN) Human Subjects Research Application Form. The TAHSN form is designed and used to facilitate inter-institutional research studies. 
  • REB Delegated Review Report Form (for REB Committee members only) used to assist REB Committee members with recommendations and decisions about REB submissions.
  • REB Research Project Continuation and Renewal Form: used to obtain REB approval to continue with research studies beyond the original completion date of REB approved projects.
  • REB Adverse Event Reporting Form: used to report to the REB any unanticipated issues that arise from the research study. As per TCPS 2, Article 6.15, “Researchers shall report to the REB any unanticipated issue or event that may increase the level of risk to participants, or has other ethical implications that may affect participants’ welfare.”
  • REB Amendment(s) Form: used to report to the REB any amendment(s)/change(s) to a previously approved research project.
  • REB Protocol Deviation Form: used to report to the REB any major protocol deviations that profoundly affect the integrity of the study and/or have the potential to be hazardous to participant safety.
  • REB End of Study Report Form: used to report to the REB when a study has completed. Study completion refers to the point when there is no further participant involvement and/or data collection, access to data is no longer needed, clarification, and transfer of data is complete.
  • Collaboration Agreement Form: used when a Michener staff, faculty, and/or student(s) has agreed to collaborate on a research project with a Principal Investigator(s) from another institution/organization. By completing this form, the Principal Investigator has agreed to adhere to the conditions outlined in the agreement form.

Templates

  • Informed Consent Form Template: provided to assist applicants with development of an Informed Consent Form. Applicants should customize this template according to their particular research project.
  • Focus Group Consent Form Template: used to recruit participants in a focus group to obtain feedback about a particular topic. It is also used to explain to the potential participant what the focus group process entails. Applicants may use this template as a reference document to help create a customized Focus Group Consent Form for their project/research studies.

Checklists

Policies and Procedures

To see the full list of REB policies, please visit the Policies section of MyMichener.

Research Study Submission Process

Related Resources

Contact us

For more information or assistance regarding the REB process:

Mailing Address:

Applied Educational Research Office
The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences
222 St. Patrick’s Street
Toronto ON M5T 1V4

Office Location/Hours:

Room 1333, 13th Floor
Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm
Email: research@michener.ca