Research Ethics Board
Research Ethics Board
The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) Research Ethics Board (REB) reviews and approves research involving human participants. Before starting a research study, the NAIT REB must review all research involving human participants.
The Tri-Council Policy
Canada's three federal research agencies, CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC, jointly created the Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics as part of a collaborative effort to promote the ethical conduct of research involving human participants across Canada. This interagency advisory panel develops, interprets and implements the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2).
The TCPS2 requires that all faculty, student, or staff research proposals that involve human participants and fall under the TCPS2 be brought before an REB for review and approval. This is true for both funded and unfunded research. NAIT REB aims to use TCPS2 as a guide.
A flow chart of the NAIT REB review and approval process has links to specific sections of the TCPS2. As an applicant, the first step is to complete the TCPS2 Course on Research Ethics (CORE) online tutorial. The tutorial will help applicants familiarize themselves with the TCPS2 and consider the ethical implications of their research. The tutorial is interactive, should take about two hours to complete and can be completed in various sections. Once complete, applicants will receive a certificate to append to their applications.
To determine if your research requires a review, check TCPS2 articles 2.1 and 2.2. If a review is required, complete Application for Ethics Review for Research.pdf. If you do not have adobe professional, the application can be filled out and saved using Adobe Reader XI (version 11) (http://www.adobe.com/ca/products/reader.html). If your application is deemed minimal risk (TCPS2, article 2.8B and 6.12) a delegated review (three members of the REB) will be undertaken. Our REB is aiming for a three week turnaround for our reviewer comments.
If the proposal is deemed to be above minimal risk, or would benefit from other REB members advice, the proposal will undergo a full board review and you may be asked to attend a meeting. If necessary, external reviewers may be sought.
If you already have approval for the proposal from another institute, your application will undergo an expedited review process. The review will be completed by the REB chair or a lead reviewer.
For more information feel free to contact the REB at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We seek to improve our procedures for implementing the TCPS2 and our NAIT REB policies and appreciate comments and recommendations you may have.
No research with human participants shall begin before approval is received from the NAIT REB. Research protocols must have a valid Certificate that is valid for one year. Please contact the REB if you would like to renew your certificate, if there are any adverse events (report within one business day), or if you have modified your proposal.
The mandate of NAIT REB is to review research proposals that involve human participants. The NAIT REB works with researchers to identify and resolve ethical issues in their research. The goal is to protect the interests of research participants, maximize the benefits of the research and minimize harms. The NAIT REB can approve, propose modifications, reject, suspend or terminate research activity that involve human participants and fall under the jurisdiction of NAIT. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis throughout the year.
The NAIT REB follows TCPS2 (Chapter 6) for its governance and membership. The NAIT REB also follows its terms of reference defined by the institute.