Research Western

Human Research Ethics


The office of Human Research Ethics, on behalf of Western's Research Ethics Boards (REB), manages the approval and monitoring process for the use of humans in research at the University and its affiliated hospitals and research institutes. All research involving humans conducted by faculty, staff or students at Western or its affiliated hospitals or research institutes must be approved by a Western-sanctioned review board.

Update: Serious Adverse Events (SAE) - August 23, 2016

The Office of Human Research Ethics (OHRE) has developed a Serious Adverse Events (SAE) application form in ROMEO. Beginning October 3, 2016, please submit your SAE reports (local and non-local) in ROMEO and NOT through the online Adverse Events Reporting website. Please see the Unanticipated Problem Reporting-Adverse Events guideline document to determine which SAEs require reporting to the REB. If the submission does not meet the reporting requirements for events that constitute Unanticipated Problem, the submission will be withdrawn.
The OHRE has also made some administrative updates to its HSREB delegated level 1 (retrospective) application form (2.0). It will also be available on October 3, 2016. If you are using the current delegated level 1 application form, please ensure  you complete it and submit your application by September 30, 2016 or you will lose any work you have done on that form.

Human Research Ethics at a Glance

Ethics applications are reviewed by one of two research ethics boards (Non-Medical or Health Sciences) at an appropriate level (Delegated or Full Board), based on the nature of the proposed research.

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