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Introduction to Ethical Reviews

All research involving human participants conducted by faculty members and graduate students under the auspices of the University of Toronto must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate U of T Research Ethics Board (REB) prior to its commencement.

Before you begin research for your thesis or Major Research Project, it's important that you and your supervisor determine whether your research requires ethics approval.

Ethics Protocol

In order to get ethics approval for your research, you'll need to . You should work closely with your supervisor to develop it.

The University of Toronto鈥檚  offers important information for completing the Ethics Review Application as well as supporting documents/appendices. Consult the site before you get started with your application 鈥 information is updated periodically. 

Procedure

  1. Review the University of Toronto鈥檚  to see if your research qualifies.
  2. Discuss your research with your supervisor to determine whether it requires a protocol, and at what stage.
  3. Once you have determined that your research requires a protocol, create a New Application in the .
  4. Begin by reviewing the section titled . The "I am a Student PI" subsection contains information about how your thesis supervisor can initiate the creation of your protocol. Please review this information with your supervisor. 
  5. Once submitted, it can take between 4-6 weeks for a delegated review (i.e., if there is no or minimal risk to participants) by the REB, or longer if a full review is required.
  6. The REB will e-mail you and your supervisor with comments or revisions if required.
  7. Once the protocol is approved, the REB will notify you and your supervisor.

Additional Resources

Tips and Resources

  • Familiarize yourself with the University of Toronto鈥檚 
  • Research and Innovation offers on writing the human ethics protocol. 

Continuing Ethics Review

Ethics approvals are valid for up to one year. If you want to continue with a project beyond the expiry date of your current ethics approval, you are required to submit a renewal through .

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