Dr. Frank Tester, Professor of Social Work, is a member of the Behavioural Research Ethics Board. His research includes the Nanisiniq Arviat History Project, involving Inuit youth and Elders exploring their culture and the history of their community.

Protecting Human Research Participants

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.

Compliance with US Regulations

All UBC Research Ethics Boards have an assurance of compliance approved by the United States Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP). The Assurance obligates UBC researchers who conduct research supported by the US Federal government or regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration to comply with applicable US Federal Regulations. UBC’s Research Ethics Boards share a common set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that comply with these regulations.

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UBC Office of Research Ethics
210-828 West 10th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 1L8
Tel (604) 875-4111 x68917
Fax (604) 875-4167

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