REB Training and Education of Related Staff

REB Training and Education of Related Staff
DepartmentApplied Educational Research
Creation DateJanuary 5, 2011
Approval DateJanuary 5, 2011
Effective DateJanuary 5, 2011

Organizational Scope

This policy pertains to all staff, faculty, students or external persons intending to participate in research ethics review at and/or in collaboration with the Michener Institute.


The purpose of this policy is to describe the training and education requirements for Michener Research Ethics Board (REB) members and Research Office Staff.


TCPS: Tri-council Policy Statement


The REB is concerned with protecting the rights and welfare of human research subjects and as such its members are responsible for reviewing, approving and overseeing research and making sure that the submissions meet current scientific, regulatory and ethical standards while maintaining alignment with Michener’s corporate policies, vision, mission and values. As a result, REB members and Research Office Staff must receive adequate training in order to be knowledgeable in the associated regulations, guidelines, policies and ethical principles that guide the process.


This policy applies to the Chair, members of the Research Office and/or administration, and REB.

The REB Chair or designate is responsible for ensuring that all REB members are adequately educated and trained and/or have the expertise to review submissions appropriately. (see Policy: REB Initial Review)


2.1         Initial Training and Education of REB Members

2.1.1      Potential REB members will be given the opportunity to attend and observe one REB meeting prior to agreeing to assume a role and commence their activities on the board;

2.1.2      The REB Chair or designate will inform new REB members of the policies and procedures, meeting functions and member expectations relevant to REB review;

2.1.3      New members will receive information prior to commencing their tenure on the REB that includes but is not limited to:

  • REB Terms of Reference
  • Research Office Contact Information
  • Access links to regulatory/guidance documents
  • Relevant Educational resources
  • Relevant Policies and Procedures

2.1.4      REB members are required to complete the online TCPS tutorial accessible at:

2.2         Initial Training of Research Office Staff:

2.2.1      The Director, Manager or designate will inform new research office staff about the research office and provide an overview of relevant policies and processes;

2.2.2      Research Office staff will familiarize themselves with the Terms of Reference, Policies, Processes and Documentation associated with research and research ethics review;

2.2.3      All Research Office staff are required to complete the online TCPS tutorial accessible at

2.3         Continuing Education for all REB members and Office Staff

2.3.1      REB members and research staff are encouraged to attend conferences, workshops and seminars pertaining to human research protection and their attendance will be financial supported by the Michener Institution whenever possible;

2.3.2     REB members and research staff who attend education sessions will disseminate any new and relevant information to the REB and Research Office;

2.3.3      The REB Chair and/or designate and/or research office will distribute relevant articles of interest to all relevant stakeholders.

2.4         Documentation of Training and Education

2.4.1      The Research office will maintain all REB members CVs on file or in Human Resources;

2.4.2      REB and Research Office members are asked to submit proof of relevant training and education (certificates of completion);

2.4.3      The Research Office will keep records documenting education opportunities provided to staff and members.


  1. Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS 2). Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans, Medical research Council of Canada 2010. Chapter 6.

  1. Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS 2-CORE). Online Tutorial.

  1. National Institutes of Health (NIH) NOTICE: OD-00-039 Required Education in the Protection of Human Research Participants.
  2. World Health Organization (WHO). Standards and Operational Guidance for Ethics Review of Health-Related Research with Human Participants 2011.
  3. Canadian General Standards Board. Research ethics oversight of biomedical trials 2010. (DRAFT)

Associated Documentation

Policy: REB Initial Review