BREB Meeting Dates + Deadlines

There are no deadlines for minimal risk applications, but deadlines for submissions to BREB full board review are strictly observed.

Please review the following information to ensure your application is submitted properly and on time.

Minimal Risk Review

If your study qualifies for Minimal Risk Review, you may submit the application at anytime. See Minimal Risk criteria.

Deadlines for Full Board Review

Submissions must be received by noon of the deadline listed in the table below in order to be reviewed at the corresponding BREB meeting date. Any applications received after the deadline will be deferred to the next meeting date.

Applications are submitted by the Department Head according to the following process:

  1. Once the Principal Investigator hits “Submit” on an application in RISe, the application is forwarded for approval by the appropriate Department Head; and
  2. Once the Department Head signs off, the study is forwarded to BREB for review. The Department Head must sign off by noon of the deadline.

In time-sensitive situations, it is best to advise your Department Head that the study is waiting for their sign-off. If your Department Head is involved in your study, you should alert the designated alternate to sign your application form in place of the Department Head.  

If the deadline falls on a statutory holiday, the deadline is the day before the holiday.

2019 December Meeting Date: December 12 | Submission by: November 29

2020 Meetings and Submission Deadlines


Meeting: January 16

Submission by: January 3


Meeting: February 13

Submission by: January 31


Meeting: March 12

Submission by: February 28


Meeting: April 9

Submission by: March 27


Meeting: May 14

Submission by: May 1


Meeting: June 11

Submission by: May 29


Meeting: July 9

Submission by: June 26


Meeting: August 13

Submission by: July 31


Meeting: September 10

Submission by: August 28


Meeting: October 8

Submission by: September 25


Meeting: November 12

Submission by: October 28


Meeting: December 10

Submission by: November 27

January, 2020

Meeting: January 14, 2021

Submission by: January 4, 2021

Timelines for Review

The BREB reviews an average of 1,100 new applications each year; these are adjudicated by full-time faculty members who volunteer on the BREB. The review process for full board applications from submission to receipt of certificate of approval typically takes 6-8 weeks. Minimal Risk applications are typically reviewed within three weeks.

Most correspondence related to a Full Board Review is sent out within two weeks of the meeting. Applications that meet the criteria for Minimal Risk projects typically take three weeks from submission to response. Amendments, renewals and replies to provisos typically take 1-2 weeks, although very minor amendments may be approved within a day or two.

If your application is incomplete or requires revisions because required information is not provided, the RISe system will queue your application in chronological order by submission date. To avoid undue delay, please complete the application carefully and thoroughly.

Notification of Approval

The Principal Investigator and the primary contact person listed in Box 1.2 of the ethics application will be sent an email notification. You can check the status of the ethics review anytime by logging into RISe.