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SFU's Research Ethics team manages the review of any research activity at SFU that involves human participants. The Research Ethics Board, comprised of SFU faculty and community members, is the responsible body, but the Research Ethics team is delegated decision-making on over 90% of reviews. The department offers  consultation services via Zoom so that faculty and students can discuss the fine points of their protocols. Research Ethics staff also provide in-class training for graduate classes and other groups on the review process and related topics.

Ethics help via Zoom

The Research Ethics Team offers online help sessions twice a week to address research ethics related questions. 

The Research Ethics Team does not offer a pre-review service for draft applications or draft study documents. We also do not offer a research design service.

Please email with any questions regarding review comments you receive for your research project. Do not use the help line for this purpose. 

Callers are dealt with on a first come, first served basis and calls are limited to a maximum of 10 minutes, to manage demand. Researchers may need to wait to be seen as all calls are on a 1-1 basis.

Sessions run Tuesdays and Thursdays only, from 1-2pm.

Updated TCPS2 CORE Tutorial 

All researchers including faculty, staff and students are required to complete the TCPS2 tutorial (or the equivalent CITI course) prior to undertaking human research.  The TCPS2 tutorial has recently been updated and effective January 24, 2023SFU Research Ethics will require all researchers to have completed the updated version – TCPS2 CORE-2022 tutorial.  

Last updated: April 13, 2023