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Office of Research Ethics and Integrity

We offer administrative support to the University Research Ethics Boards (REBs) and work with researchers to ensure that their research projects respect all applicable guidelines, including those of the Tri-councils (SSHRC, NSERC and CIHR).

Procedural Change - submission dates

Notice: Submissions are not reviewed in December.
Starting in 2022, REBs will however accept submissions for review during the month of July, which should help to facilitate research that is taking place over the summer months.
Note: the January 2023 deadline has been moved to Friday the 6th.
Consult the Ethics review section for more information on submission deadlines.

Ethics review process

Any research project involving human participants or human biological material conducted within the jurisdiction or under the auspices of the University of Ottawa, whether it is funded or not and regardless of where it is conducted, must receive ethics approval from a University Research Ethics Board (REB) prior to the start of the project. 

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Research Ethics Boards (REB)

The mandate of the REBs is to assess and sanction the ethical aspects of all research projects involving human participants conducted under their jurisdiction by their professors and students, prior to their inception and during their execution. The REBs also verify how researchers plan to take on their ethical responsibilities. In order to determine the necessity for REB review of external projects in which students, professors or support staff of the University of Ottawa serve as research participants, please contact our office.

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Contact us

Office of Research Ethics and Integrity

Tabaret Hall
550 Cumberland St
Room 154
Ottawa, ON, Canada 
K1N 6N5

Tel.: 613-562-5387 
Fax.: 613-562-5338

[email protected]

Office Hours

September to May: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

June to August: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Please note that the Office of Research Ethics and Integrity is located in a space that could be difficult to access.  We recommend that any persons needing accommodations contact us by phone or email prior to visiting our office.