Important Notes About Ethics When Planning Collaborative Research
by Laura Sokal, University of Winnipeg
Ethics Procedures for Research Involving Humans
Studies conducted by researchers associated with Canadian universities are conducted under the Tri-Council Policy Statement: TCPS 2—2nd edition of Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans http://www.pre.ethics.gc.ca/eng/policy-politique/initiatives/tcps2-eptc2/Default/. Each University in Manitoba has drafted similar, but not identical Ethics application forms (see below) based on the Tri-Council Policy Statement.
Multi- site research does not only include research where data is collected at multiple sites. It also includes research projects where members of the research team are associated with a variety of institutions (e.g. a team comprised of a teacher from the Winnipeg #1 School Division, a researcher from the University of Manitoba and a researcher from the University of Winnipeg). In each case, Ethics approval must be received from all Research Ethics Boards (REB’s) involved.
Article 1.2, section B1 of the Tri-Council Policy Statement allows REB’s to accept the review of other REB’s as long as the review was done under the Tri-Council Policies. In these circumstances, the researchers would apply to one university REB and forward the approval forms to the other REB’s. Please note that a written agreement to accept one another’s Ethics decisions must be in place between the two institutions in order to use this approach. Please check with all the institutions and school division involved in your research to establish whether such agreements are in place.
University Research Ethics Committee (BUREC) Guidelines For Research Involving
University Research Ethics Committee (links to policies, forms, timelines etc.)
Guidelines for the Preparation of Proposals
St. Boniface University
Operate under the U of M policies.