Human Ethics

Research involving human participants must be designed and carried out in an ethical and responsible manner. There are three Research Ethics Boards (REBs) established across the province which are responsible for the ethics review and approval of applications for research involving human participants. In carrying out their duties, the REBs apply the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans and the Guidelines for Good Clinical Practice of the International Committee on Harmonization (if applicable).

  1. Interdisciplinary Committee on Ethics in Human Research (ICEHR) – a REB internal to Memorial University (St. John’s campus) which provides ethics review of research involving human participants conducted by faculty, students, and staff. ICEHR is also an approved research ethics body by the Health Research Ethics Authority (HREA) to review non-clinical and non-genetics health research.
  2. Grenfell Campus REB (GC-REB) – a REB internal to Memorial University responsible for reviewing non-health research being conducted by faculty, students, and staff at the Grenfell campus.  
  3. Health Research Ethics Board (HREB) – a provincial REB established by the HREA to review health research. The HREB has three subcommittees; Clinical Trials subcommittee (HREB-CT), Non-Clinical Trials subcommittee (HREB-NCT) and Genetics/Genomics subcommittee (HREB-GG).


For further information on the respective REBs please visit their individual tabs under the Human Ethics drop down menu at the top of this page.