Research Ethics Board

Last Updated June 17, 2019

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Members Conditions Term Expiry Date Name
Chair (non-voting) SFU Faculty Member elected annually by REB 1 year May 31, 2020 Wendy Loken Thornton
Faculty Member (Applied Sciences) Elected by and from respective Faculties 3 years May 31, 2022 Teresa Cheung
Faculty Member (Arts and Social Sciences) May 31, 2022 David MacAlister
Faculty Member (Arts and Social Sciences) May 31, 2022 Sonja Luehrmann
Faculty Member (Arts and Social Sciences) May 31, 2022 Wendy Loken Thornton
Faculty Member (Business) May 31, 2021 Geoffrey Poitras
Faculty Member (Communication, Art & Technology) May 31, 2022 Alissa Antle
Faculty Member (Education) May 31, 2021 Engida Gebre
Faculty Member (Environment) May 31, 2020 Valerie Crooks
Faculty Member (Health Sciences)* May 31, 2021 Jeremy Snyder*
Faculty Member (Health Sciences) May 31, 2022 David Whitehurst
Faculty Member (Science) 
May 31, 2022 Matthew White
Faculty Member (Science) May 31, 2022 Victoria Claydon
Graduate Student Member Elected by Senate
2 years May 31, 2021  
Graduate Student Member 2 years May 31, 2021 Vienna Lam
Graduate Student Member 2 years May 31, 2021 Evan Hutcheon
Undergraduate Student Member 2 years May 31, 2021  
Member Elected by Senate from community,
not affiliated with the University
3 years May 31, 2022 Paula Hrankowski
Member 3 years May 31, 2022  
Member 3 years May 31, 2022  
Member 3 years May 31, 2022  
Director of the Office of Research Ethics Secretary Ex-officio (non-voting)    

Jeffrey Toward

Recording Secretary Ex-officio (non-voting)     Sarah Bennett

* Voted as Deputy Chair

NOTE: In general an "alternate" member is invited to attend meetings when a regular member is not available. Please confirm the role of the alternate member on this committee with the committee secretary.

Meetings

The SFU REB is divided into three subcommittees: (a) Biomedical and Health Research, (b) Clinical Trials, and (c) Social and Behavioural Sciences. These subcommittees meet on the second Wednesday of every month unless there are no studies to review or no business to transact.

  • The Biomedical and Health Research Subcommittee meets from 10:00 to 12 noon.
  • The Social Sciences and Behavioural Subcommittee meets from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • The time for the Clinical Trials Committee will be set once a clinical trial protocol requires review.

New Research Ethics Board members will be assigned to either the Biomedical and Health Research or Social and Behavioural Sciences Subcommittee depending on their area of expertise and interest. REB members will be assigned on a case by case basis to the Clinical Trial Subcommittee; this assignment will be made at the time of review of a clinical trial protocol to ensure the proper expertise and required individuals review these protocols.

New members should ensure that they can attend either the Biomedical and Health Research or Social and Behavioural Sciences Subcommittee meetings on a regular basis. New members should contact Sarah Bennett at sarah_bennett_2@sfu.ca or 778-782-3447 for information.

For further information about the Research Ethics Board, including minutes, agendas, meeting schedules, etc refer to www.sfu.ca/vpresearch/ethics/reb/

Research Ethics Administration

SFU Policy R 20.01, Part IV Administration, Sections 14 and 15,  sets out the following:

14.  Research Ethics Board (REB)

14.1 The REB is a committee of Senate. It is responsible for the timely review of all research protocols or projects covered by this Policy to ensure that they meet acceptable ethical standards.  

14.2 The REB is administratively independent in its decision-making and is accountable to Senate.

14.3 The REB has the authority to approve a protocol or project, approve a protocol or project subject to modifications, or reject a protocol or project. In the latter two cases, detailed written reasons will be provided to assist researchers in the preparation of revised applications for ethics approval.

14.4 The REB has the responsibility to monitor ongoing research and to terminate any project that does not conform to ethical standards.

14.5 The REB is responsible for responding to inquiries from external agencies with responsibility to monitor ethics review procedures at universities.

14.6 The REB is responsible for ensuring that the research community at Simon Fraser University is aware of the principles and practices of ethical conduct of research and for publicizing issues that will lead to changes in its current review process.

14.7 The REB shall provide an annual report of its activities in the previous year to Senate at its September meeting.

14.8 At least once a semester, the entire membership of the REB will meet in open session to discuss and approve the internal policies of the Board.

14.9 The REB has the authority to establish its own procedures and internal policies that do not conflict with those established by Senate or TCPS-2 and to make recommendations to Senate for revisions to the Policy.


15.  REB Membership

15.1 The REB shall consist of 20 voting members, endeavouring to represent each gender, plus the DORE and the Associate DORE, who will be ex officio(non-voting) members, and one of whom will serve as Secretary. The membership will be constituted as follows:

  1. one faculty member to be elected by and from each of the following Faculties: Applied Sciences, Business Administration, Communication Arts and Technology, Education, and Environment;
  2. two faculty members to be elected by and from each of the following Faculties: Health Sciences and Sciences (at least one of whom will be from the Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology);
  3. three faculty members to be elected by and from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences;
  4. three graduate students and one undergraduate student to be elected by Senate; and
  5. four community members, who are not affiliated with SFU, to be elected by Senate.
  6. Up to four positions designated for faculty members [in (a - c) above] may be filled by adjunct faculty members appointed under Policy A12.08, or emeritus faculty.

15.2 The REB will be divided into subcommittees for a) Biomedical and Health Research, b) Clinical Trials, and c) Social and Behavioural Sciences. When the Principal Investigator is not affiliated with SFU, the REB may choose to have proposals evaluated by external REBs through reciprocal arrangements.

In addition to the Chair or Deputy Chair, each subcommittee will consist of the following REB members, endeavouring to represent each gender:

  1. at least two members who have expertise in relevant research disciplines, fields, and methodologies covered by the subcommittee of the REB;
  2. at least one member who is knowledgeable in ethics;
  3. at least one member who is knowledgeable in the relevant law;
  4. at least one community member;
  5. one student;
  6. for biomedical and health research and clinical trials: a member with a medical degree and a member with experience in statistics (if not already included in (a) above).

15.3 Every two years, Senate will approve a list of individuals with medical degrees and/or law degrees qualified to serve on the REB.

15.4 In the event that there is no member elected who has a law degree and is familiar with the law related to ethics review, the Chair of the REB will select the next available person from the approved list to serve on the relevant subcommittees as required.

15.5 In the event that there is no member elected who has a medical degree, the Chair of the REB will select the next available person from the Senate list to serve on the relevant subcommittees as required.

15.6 Even if there is an elected REB member with a law or medical degree, the Chair may select the next available person from the Senate list in the case of absence of the elected member or in order to maintain a reasonable workload for the elected member.

15.7 Every two years, Senate will approve a list of individuals with expertise in ethics.

15.8 In the event that there is no member elected with expertise in ethics, the Chair of the REB will select the next available person from the Senate list to serve on the relevant subcommittees as required.

15.9 Even if there is an elected REB member with expertise in ethics, the Chair may select the next available person from the Senate list in the case of absence of the elected member or in order to maintain a reasonable workload for the elected member.

15.10 Membership of the subcommittees will be determined in accordance with 15.2 above and on the basis of the research expertise of the elected members from the Faculties. The members not elected from Faculties will be selected by rotation and on the basis of availability.

15.11 The subcommittees of the REB will operate in closed session.

15.12 The term of office for voting members of the REB will be three years except for the graduate student and undergraduate student member who shall be elected for a two-year term.

15.13 In the event that a member of the REB is unable to attend a meeting of a subcommittee and her or his presence is necessary to fulfil the requirements of 15.2 above, the Chair of the REB has the authority to appoint a temporary replacement to act in place of the regular member until that member returns or until an election can be held.

15.14 Prior to serving, all members of the REB will attend a workshop or orientation session, organized by the DORE or Associate DORE, to ensure that they have an understanding of the principles and practices of ethical review. The workshop requirement may be substituted by the on-line tutorial accessed at http://www.pre.ethics.gc.ca/eng/education/tutorial-didacticiel/ or a similar tutorial approved by the REB.

15.15 On an annual basis, in open session, the full membership of the REB will elect a Chair and a Deputy Chair who will act in the absence of the Chair. These persons will be faculty members of Simon Fraser University who have served on the REB previously, normally for at least two years.

15.16 Unless there is no business to transact, the subcommittees of the REB will normally meet at least once per month, with no more than six weeks between meetings. The full membership of the REB will meet at least once a semester in open session to discuss and approve the internal policies of the Board.

15.17 The quorum for the subcommittees for meetings, at which applications involving greater-than-minimal risk will be considered, is the Chair or Deputy Chair plus a minimum of six or seven members, depending on the subcommittee, required to participate in accordance with 15.2 above.

15.18 The quorum for the full REB meetings in open session is the Chair or Deputy Chair plus 10 of the elected members.

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