All Faculty research meets Tri-Council Research Ethics requirements.
Faculty of Education ethics submissions go through the Education Research Ethics Board (EREB) and the General Research Ethics Board (GREB).
In 1998, the 3 major research funding councils to universities (SSHRC, NSERC, MRC/CIHR) introduced the Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS) on research with human subjects. The Tri-Council went on to state that universities were required to comply with the TCPS if they wished to continue receiving research funds from them. The ultimate purpose of research ethics procedures is to protect all participants in the research, including the researcher. In addition to ethics review, the TCPS also requires that all research studies must be subjected to a scholarly review.
In the fall of 1999, the Queen's University response was to put its new ethics review process in place, through the creation of a university-wide General Research Ethics Board (GREB), and a series of unit Research Ethics Boards (unit REBs). The Education Research Ethics Board (EREB) is the unit REB for the Faculty of Education. Through the GREB and EREB, Faculty of Education ethics submissions go through a "two-tier" and "two-stage" process.
EREB is a service committee within the Faculty of Education that assists faculty and students (both undergraduate and graduate) in preparing ethics submissions in such a way that they will be positively reviewed by GREB. EREB plays an enabling role since it facilitates the pursuit of our research work in an ethical and timely manner. Submissions are reviewed in light of the TCPS "guiding ethical principles" which are:
- respect for human dignity,
- respect for free and informed consent,
- respect for vulnerable persons,
- respect for privacy and confidentiality,
- respect for justice and inclusiveness, and
- balancing harms and benefits.
The role of EREB is not to question research traditions but rather to ensure that the research is able to meet its intended outcome in a manner that reduces and minimizes the risk to both the researcher(s) and the participants.
In order to comply with the TCPS (article 1.5) and GREB policies, EREB conducts the scholarly review at the same time as it conducts the ethical review. For studies that have been reviewed and approved by other external agencies, for example SSHRC, the scholarly review completed by that agency fulfils this requirement. In addition to reviewing submissions, EREB answers questions about research ethics, suggests changes to a study in order to address ethics issues, and makes presentations to BEd and graduate students about research ethics.
This document was created by Peter Chin, EREB co-chair 2002-2004, on behalf of EREB. Although every effort has been made to ensure accurate information, keep in mind that ethics policies are constantly being revised by GREB and at the national level.
How to log into Queen's Ethics Romeo system: http://www.queensu.ca/ors/researchethics/queensethicsromeo/registrationlogin.html
- Guidelines for Ethics Clearance for Research Involving Humans
- EREB Checklist (Required for all submissions)
- GREB Instructions (Required for all submissions)
- GREB Standard Application Form (Required for all submissions)
- Course on Research Ethics (CORE) (Required for all submissions)
- Videotape Consent Form (If required)
- EREB Example of Letters of Information and Consent Form
- EREB Example of Letters of Information and Consent Form Combined
- GREB Examples of Letters of Information and Consent Forms (Queen's University Office of Research Services)
- Off-Campus Activity Safety Policy Planning Record (Required for international research)
- Research Ethics Change Form
- Adverse Event Report Form
- GREB Main Page — Queen's University Office of Research Services
- Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS): Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (Government of Canada)
EREB Submission Date
EREB Meeting Date
GREB Submission Date
GREB Meeting Date
|April 23, 2014||May 2, 2014||May 26, 2014||June 4, 2014|
|May 28, 2014||June 6, 2014||June 23, 2014||July 2, 2014|
|June 25, 2014||July 4, 2014||July 28, 2014||August 4, 2014|
|July 23, 2014||August 1, 2014||August 25, 2014||September 3, 2014|
|August 27, 2014||September 5, 2014||September 22, 2014||October 1, 2014|
|September 24, 2014||October 3, 2014||October 27, 2014||November 5, 2014|
|October 29, 2014||November 7, 2014||November 24, 2014||December 3, 2014|
|November 26, 2014||December 5, 2014||TBA||TBA|
Stacey Boulton, EREB Secretary, (A101C) must receive ethics review submissions by 4:00 pm on the submission date to ensure inclusion on the agenda for the next EREB meeting.
The EREB submission date is the one you need to pay attention to since all Faculty of Education submissions initially go to EREB. GREB submission dates are only applicable if EREB recommends that your submission needs to undergo "full review by GREB." In that scenario, your revised submission needs to be returned to EREB early enough so that required changes can be verified by EREB, and that the file can be sent to GREB prior to their submission deadline. Where possible, EREB does prefer that all submissions be sent to GREB prior to the GREB submission date just in case GREB determines that an EREB recommendation for expedited review is over-ruled.