Research exempt from REB Review

Research exempt from REB Review
DepartmentApplied Educational Research
Creation DateMay 18, 2011
Approval DateMay 18, 2011
Effective DateMay 18, 2011

Organizational Scope

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


The purpose of this policy is to describe the types of research activities that are exempt from REB review.


The Michener Institute utilizes research methodologies on a daily basis for quality improvement, program evaluation and curriculum design.  Not all research activities carried out at the Institute require REB review and oversight and may be deemed exempt.


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

2.0 Procedures

2.1         Research activities exempt from REB Review:

2.1.1      Research activities of the following nature:

  1. Quality assurance/improvement studies, program evaluation, performance reviews- studies to directly assess the performance of an organization, its employees or students;
  2. Research regarding individuals living in the public arena or artists-based information that is publically accessible including creative practice activities where an artist makes or interprets a work or works of art;

iii. Naturalistic observation of people in public places not associated with any specific participant or group of individuals where there is no expectation of privacy and the dissemination of findings does not allow for the specific identification of any individual;

  1. Information already publicly available or legally accessible to the public where there is no expectation of privacy;
  2. Research that involves the secondary use of anonymous information or anonymous human biological material which cannot be traced to the original research participant(s).

2.1.2      The REB should be contacted for any research activities where there is doubt regarding the necessity of review;

2.1.3      For research requiring REB review and oversight see Policy:  Activities Requiring REB Review.

3.0   References

  1. Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS 2). Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans, Medical research Council of Canada 2010. Article(s) 2.1-2.6.

Associated Documentation

Policy:  Activities Requiring REB Review