Due to faculty summer holidays, the REB will not be accepting new applications for ethical review between May 29 and August 14, 2020. Applications for Amendment, Continuing Review, and Release of Funds will continue to be processed by the REB during this period. 


REB Meeting Dates and Deadlines for Applications Suitable for Full Board Review (2020-2021)


Meeting Date

Deadline for Applications

August 28, 2020

August 14

September 25, 2020

September 11

October 23, 2020 - CANCELLED

October 9

November 27, 2020 - CANCELLED


December 11, 2020

November 27

January 22, 2021 - CANCELLED


February 26, 2021

February 12

March 26, 2021

March 12

April 23, 2021

April 9

May 28, 2021

May 14

June 11, 2021

May 28

Applications for ethical review are reviewed at a monthly full board meeting OR on a delegated basis by a subcommittee of the REB. Applications suitable for delegated review are reviewed on an ongoing basis (i.e. no deadline). Applications suitable for full board review must be received by the REB at least two weeks prior to a monthly REB, as indicated above.

Whether an Application will be reviewed at a monthly REB meeting or a delegated basis is determined by a “Level of Review Assessment.” Applications that meet any of the following criteria are reviewed at a monthly full board meeting:

  • The research poses greater than ‘minimal risk’, defined as research in which the probability and magnitude of possible harms implied by participation in the research is no greater than those encountered by participants in the aspects of their everyday life that relate to the research;
  • The research involves deception or withholding of information from participants; or
  • The research involves persons or groups in vulnerable circumstances, invasive methods, sensitive subject matter, or occur in a cultural context/s unfamiliar to the researcher/s.