Research Ethics Protocol Submissions
*Please Note Changes to REB Protocols*
As of April 17, 2020 there are no specific halts on data-collection; however, all data-collection must abide by the current restrictions placed on face-to-face interactions.
Resumption of Previously Approved Student-Led Protocols
The CBU REB has determined that previously approved student-led data collection may resume—effective immediately—with the understanding that supervisors work with their students to confirm the following directives are met. These directives are provided by the province of Nova Scotia under the current state of emergency as well as the TCPS 2 guidelines outlined in Chapter 6, Section D: Research Ethics Review during Publicly Declared Emergencies.
- Research with participants that involves human contact including face-to-face conversations must be suspended immediately.
- Researchers should consider how in-person participant interactions could be replaced with telephone or online communication. Considerations include the nature of your protocol, the type of participants engaged in the research, and any additional risk that may arise by switching from in-person to virtual communication.
- Revisions to consent processes may be required (e.g., to update privacy considerations with use of mediated communication channels).
- While the TCPS 2 requires review and approval of modifications prior to implementation, an exception can be made where the change is necessary to eliminate an immediate risk to participant(s) (Article 6.15). Such changes may be implemented but must be reported to the REB at the earliest opportunity (within 5 business days)
- Please review Chapter 6, Section D: Research Ethics Review during Publicly Declared Emergencies and consider how increased risk to participants may be mitigated.
Protocols Awaiting Review
Students who submitted protocols to the CBU REB prior to the pause on student-led data collection will receive feedback by the first of May, 2020.
Student Submissions Moving Forward
The CBU REB will be accepting CBU student protocols at our next regularly scheduled intake (May 4, 2020). As usual, the CBU REB will be reviewing protocols on a case-by-case basis and considering the risks and benefits of the proposed project.
Prior to completing the CBU REB application, students and supervisors should consider the following:
- Is participant-based research essential to the project? Could the research be completed through other methods that do not require REB approval such as meta-analysis, literature review, archival research, etc.
- As stated in the TCPS 2: “Special attention and effort should be given to upholding the core principles of Respect for Persons, Concern for Welfare, and Justice when reviewing the ethics of research to be conducted in emergencies”. Due to COVID-19, there may be increased risks when working with participant groups. Please review Chapter 6, Section D: Research Ethics Review during Publicly Declared Emergencies which includes the following:
“The increased public risks and devastation that cause public emergencies to be declared can threaten autonomy and physical, emotional, institutional and social welfare or safety. They also bring inherent tensions and pressures that may impact deliberative decision making. Taking all of this into consideration, REBs and researchers should ensure that the risks and potential benefits posed by any proposed research are appropriately evaluated, including provisions for greater than normal attention to risk, where applicable.”
- All applicants will be required to explicitly address how disruptions caused by COVID-19 will impact the risks and benefits of the project. Supervisors should direct their students to the updated application form located on the CBU REB website.
- Be sure any digital platforms used for recorded interviews or surveys have data stored in Canada.
If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitting an Application
Important: The CBU REB will be moving to a once a month review system starting May 2019. Please see the list of submission deadlines for 2019-2020 below. Contact email@example.com for further information. Expedited review requests will not be accepted at this time.
- Review the submission deadlines for 2019-2020 (below).
- Complete your REB protocol by downloading and completing a CBU
REB Form. (Last revision: April 15, 2020)
- Include all relevant forms such as interview guides and/or an informed
- Student researchers are now required to complete the TCPS
2 Tutorial and submit proof of completion as part of their application.
- Students are required to have their application reviewed and approved by their supervisor. The
supervisor and student’s signature must be submitted as part of the application.
- Email a completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You should receive a confirmation email that your application has been received one week after it has been
- Informed Consent form(s)
- Questionnaires, Interview guides, recruitment tools (emails, posters, etc.)
- Students: Supervisor signature for student ethics application (signed by your professor,
scanned, and ready to upload)
- Students: TCPS2 Tutorial Certificates (upload the certificate of each group member)
You should receive a confirmation email that your application has been received one week after it has been submitted.
Submission Deadlines to the CBU REB for 2019-2020
|Monday, February 10, 2020
||Monday, October 5, 2020
|Monday, March 9, 2020
||Monday, November 2, 2020
|Tuesday, April 14, 2020
||Tuesday, December 1, 2020
|Monday, May 4, 2020
||Wednesday, January 6, 2021
|Monday, June 1, 2020
||Tuesday, February 2, 2021
|Thursday, July 9, 2020
||Monday, March 1, 2021
|Wednesday, August 5, 2020
||Wednesday, April 8, 2021
|Tuesday, September 1, 2020
- Contact Nicole MacDougall, CBU REB Administrator, at email@example.com if you have any further questions.
- The CBU REB aims to have applications reviewed within 4 – 6 weeks. However, during peak times, there may be longer wait times. Applications that are partially incomplete will take longer to process.
Any research involving human participants requires approval from the CBU REB prior to the start of the research project.
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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