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The Research Ethics Board 'REB' reviews the ethical acceptability of all research involving humans conducted within the jurisdiction or under the auspices of SFU, that is, by their faculty, staff or students, regardless of where the research is conducted.  Human research must be reviewed and approved by the REB before commencing the project.  The REB is independent in decision making relating to the ethical review of research but is created by the institution, draws its authority and resources from the institution, and is accountable for the integrity of its process to the institution.  The REB is supported by the Research Ethics administration team.

REB Membership

The REB is composed of SFU faculty members as well as members of the public.  Membership is voluntary.

Mark Pickup (Chair) Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (Political Science)
Jeannie Kerr (Vice-Chair/Ethicist) Faculty of Education
David Freeman Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (Economics)
David MacAlister (Legal Representative) Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (Criminology)
Andy Hoffer Faculty of Sciences (Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology)
Eric Beauregard Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (Criminology)
Malcolm Steinberg (MD) Faculty of Health Sciences
Jean-Christophe BĂ©lisle-Pipon (Ethicist) Faculty of Health Sciences (on leave)
Dante Abbey Community Member (Alternate Legal Representative)
Paul Gill Community Member
Tatiana Losev Student Member

Compliance Assurances 

The REB complies with the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Code of Federal Regulations (45 CFR 46.103). These regulations state that every institution engaged in human subject research supported or conducted by the DHHS must have assurance of compliance approved by the US Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP/FDA).

Federalwide Assurance (FWA) and Institutional Review Board (IRB) assurances with OHRP/FDA have been obtained for both SFU and the SFU Research Ethics Board (REBs in Canada are referred to as IRBs in the US):

Institutional Organization: SFU (IORG0001878)


  • Type of Assurance: Federalwide Assurance for "Simon Fraser University"
  • Assurance Number: FWA00002324
  • Expiry Date: 4/5/2028


  • Type of Assurance: Federalwide Assurance for "Simon Fraser U IRB #1 - SFU Rsch Ethics Board"
  • Assurance Number: IRB00002371
  • Expiry Date: 10/25/2026

For details or confirmation of SFU approved OHRP/FDA assurances, go to the Office for Human Research Protections database and search by entering the IORG, FWA or IRB numbers.


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Last updated: May 28, 2024