Purpose and Policies
The purpose of the Research Ethics Board (REB) is to ensure that appropriate standards are followed and to support researchers in their efforts to conduct ethically sound research when research is conducted using humans. Specific policies and procedures governing Research Ethics Review at KPU can be downloaded below and should be read by all researchers before applying for ethics review.
- Tri Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2) -2022
- Policy RS1 - Research Involving Human Participants
- Policy RS1 Procedure — Research Involving Human Participants
Unless expressly exempted, all research under the auspices of KPU involving humans requires prior review and approval by the REB. This includes research by those who are not KPU employees or students.
How to Apply for Ethical Review
Romeo Video - for KPU Honours Students
All applications for REB Review are now submitted online through the ROMEO Researcher Portal. Links to guidelines and instructions for applying for Ethics review through ROMEO can be found below
- For Faculty and Staff – Standard REB Application
- For Faculty – Minimal Risk, Course-based Application
- Multi-jurisdictional Research - For ethical review of multi-jurisdictional research, use PREP, do not submit your application in ROMEO. Instructions at the bottom of this page.
NOTE: Undergraduate students wishing to apply for Ethics review must have a supervising Faculty member who acts as Principal Investigator on the project. Applications must be completed and submitted through the Faculty member's ROMEO account.
Faculty researchers have access to an internal SharePoint site with information, links, and resources.
KPU students wishing to apply for Ethics review must have a supervising Faculty member who acts as Principal Investigator on the project. Applications must be completed and submitted through the Faculty member's ROMEO account. If you have any questions, please contact the REB by email email@example.com
BC Ethics Harmonization
The single, online application process housed within the UBC human ethics module in RISe enables multi-jurisdictional review of research ethics applications. To submit your application for harmonized review in RISe, review the REBC application instructions.