When is a Research Ethics Board ethical review required?  What research is exempt?

Research involving human participants and conducted under the auspices of Capilano University requires compliance with Capilano University's Research Ethics Policy: Research with Human Subjects, TCPS requirements and must be approved by the Capilano University Research Ethics Board (Policy D.1).

Definition of research

'Research' is defined in the Tri-Council Policy Statement on Ethical Conduct for Research involving Humans (TCPS, 2014, Article 2.1) as “An undertaking intended to extend knowledge through a disciplined inquiry and/or systematic investigation.”

The term ‘disciplined inquiry’ refers to an inquiry that is conducted with the expectation that the method, results, and conclusions will be able to withstand the scrutiny of the relevant research community.”

A determination that research is the intended purpose of the undertaking is key for differentiating activities that require ethics review by an REB and those that do not” (Article 2.1, emphasis added).

If you are unsure whether your project requires REB approval, or if you require a formal letter of exemption from REB review, please complete and submit an Application for Exemption from REB Review Form to reb@capilanou.ca.

The REB makes the final decision on whether a project is exempt from REB review (TCPS 2014, Article 2.1).

Research exempt from REB review

  1. Quality improvement
  2. Research that relies exclusively on publicly available information
  3. Scholarly Activities and Research Exempt from REB Review