REB Fees

These fees cover costs of initial and ongoing reviews of all new applications, regardless of whether the proposed industry-sponsored research project is investigator-initiated or sponsor-initiated.

NOTE: Effective May 1, 2020, we will increase initial REB feefor all industry-sponsored research studies from $3,000 to $3,500 to cover increases in operating costs. There will be no increase in REB fees for amendments and renewals. This process is in effect only for studies initially reviewed onor afterMay 1, 2020. For more information see the Memo sent November 6, 2019. 

  • Initial REB Review: $3,500 CAD
  • Major Amendments:* $500 CAD
  • Renewals: $500 CAD

Initial Review Fee

An initial REB review fee of $3,500 (CAD) is required for each new application funded by a for-profit entity (i.e., pharmaceutical/medical device company) or other for-profit organization. This fee is charged regardless of the review's outcome.

Major Amendments

A $500 (CAD) fee will be charged for all major amendments, which include those that alter the risk-benefit assessment of the research. The REB may also classify an amendment as major based on the level of review required to approve the amendment. 

This amendment fee will be charged at the time of each amendment review and ONLY applies to those new submissions submitted on or after July 1, 2015.

*Click Here for Examples of Major & Minor Amendments 

Annual Renewal Fee

A $500 (CAD) is charged for continuing ethics review ONLY for those new submissions submitted on or after July 1, 2015. This continuing review fee will be charged at the time of each annual renewal/continuing review. 

Invoicing and Payment

The Principal Investigator remains responsible for communicating REB fee requirements to the Sponsor and for providing the Sponsor’s billing information. To streamline the fee payment process, contract reviewers at both Western and Lawson will make efforts to negotiate that the $3,500 REB fee be included with the study start-up fee when negotiating agreements with industry sponsors. Research accounts will be debited for the REB fee upon initial account opening for each agreement. Each researcher, or their delegate, is responsible for invoicing the sponsor for start-up costs (including the REB fee). When the contract reviewer is unable to negotiate the $3,500 REB fee into the start-up fee, Research Development & Services will issue an invoice directly to the Sponsor. 

The sponsor is expected to pay the REB fee within 30 days of receipt of the invoice.

The REB retains the right to withhold an Approval Notice until the REB fee is paid