There is some research that is exempt from Research Ethics Board (REB) review, where protections are available by other means.
Please note: This page is a general overview. For a more detailed discussion of exemptions, please see:
Researchers should also be aware that REB-exempt research may still be subject to Alberta’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIPP) and Health Information Act. Please see AU’s Guidelines for Applicants (pdf) for further details.
Research is exempt from REB review when it:
In some cases, you may need official notification that a research project is exempt from ethical review. If you need this documentation, please complete an Application for Ethics Exemption through the Research Portal by clicking “APPLY NEW” on the right-hand side of the page.
You can then select “Application for Ethics Exemption” from the list.
While some non-research activities use methods and techniques similar to those used in research, these activities don’t require REB review. They include:
Note: The use of creative practices to gather responses that will be analyzed to answer a research question is subject to REB review.
If you are still unsure if your project qualifies for an exemption, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Provide the following information:
Research Ethics Officer
Toll-free: 1-800-788-9041 ext. 6718 (in Canada and U.S.)
Updated March 14 2018 by Research