While there is an expectation that all Athabasca University researchers will carry out their work ethically, specific ethical review is only required in certain cases.
Ethics review is required for any research project involving human participants, human biological materials, or animals that is conducted by:
These projects must receive prior written approval of the AU Research Ethics Board (REB), funded or not, and regardless of where the research is located.
Research that requires the collection of, or access to, health information that is protected under the Health Information Act, must be approved by a designated HREB in Alberta.
Research, teaching or testing that involves animals also requires ethical review, but this is a separate process managed by the University of Alberta.
The review is designed to ensure researchers meet the 3 main principles of ethical research with human participants:
There are some limited exemptions to REB review, where protection is available by other means.
Updated February 21 2019 by Research