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Human Ethical Review
UBC’s program to protect human research participants seeks to ensure that UBC research is conducted in accordance with the highest ethical standards. Our activities involve a number of administrative and academic units,
As articulated in Canada’s recently revised national guideline, the Tri-Council Policy Statement on Ethical Research Involving Humans (TCPS2 2014), there is no doubt that research benefits society in countless ways. However, some research can involve certain risks to research participants.
Accordingly, UBC’s Policy #89 mandates that all research involving human participants that is conducted under the auspices of the University must be approved by and overseen by a sanctioned Research Ethics Board. The Research Ethics Boards at UBC and affiliated institutions ensure that research is designed and conducted to protect the rights, welfare and privacy of research participants.
UBC recognizes that involving animals in teaching and research is a privilege, not a right. A series of procedures and policies are strictly enforced, internally and externally, to ensure that animal care is a primary consideration in meeting the goals of teaching and research.
Any research or teaching conducted at UBC or by persons affiliated with the UBC that involve the use of animals (including fish) must conform to UBC Policy #91 (Research and Teaching Involving Animals) and must have the approval of the UBC Committee on Animal Care.
Any activities conducted at UBC facilities or affiliated institutions that involve biohazardous materials must be reviewed and approved by the UBC Biosafety Committee prior to the start of the research project.
This includes research and teaching with: cultured animal cells, cell lines, recombinant DNA, plasmids, parasites, toxins, microorganisms (including viruses and bacteria), and primate body fluids (including blood), and PRIONS.
All research activities are subject to this review regardless of funding source. Applications for review and certification by the Biosafety Committee must be submitted electronically on RISe.
UBC Risk Management Services (formerly the Department of Health, Safety and Environment provides technical expertise to researchers working with biohazardous materials, provides biosafety training, and reviews all procedures and facilities involving biohazardous materials.
For more information about ethics review, please contact:
Lisa Shearer, Associate Manager, Behavioral Research Ethics Board