About Human Research Ethics

Research ethics review is a process of initial and ongoing review and monitoring of research involving human participants.

The process requires the independent evaluation of all proposed research by an independent committee of experts who examine the research study from the perspective of prospective participants. Their assessment of a proposed study's ethical acceptability is guided by the core principles of research ethics (i.e., respect for persons, concern for welfare, and justice).

The underlying value of research ethics review is respect for human dignity. The review process ensures that research involving humans is sensitive to the inherent worth of all human beings and the respect and consideration they are due. 

There are two categories of research ethics, each with different application processes:

Behavioural studies are not clinical in nature and do not involve any invasive procedures. Studies may involve interviews, observations, or the administration of questionnaires or tests.
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Clinical studies include surgery, clinical interventions, the testing of drugs, medical devices and rehabilitation exercise programs, and/or the analysis of clinical data obtained from medical records or studies of a clinical nature involving the linkage of data from existing databases.
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A UBC REB Metrics Report was created in September 2015 to reflect the UBC-affiliated REB review trends from 2012-2015.  The report was updated in November 2016 to reflect data from 2015 and 2016.
UBC Research Ethics Boards Combined Metrics Report - November 2016
UBC Research Ethics Boards Combined Metrics Report - September 2015

Please visit the animal care committee website for studies involving non-human participants.