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The University Research Ethics Board (REB) is an independent committee established by Senate. The REB is charged with ensuring compliance with the Tri Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct of Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2) and Policy R20.01, Simon Fraser University's policy and procedures for review of ethical considerations arising from research involving human participants.

Submission Deadlines

There are no deadlines for minimal risk applications. If your study qualifies as minimal risk you may submit the application anytime and it will be reviewed on a sequential basis.


Submission Criteria

A project will be scheduled for REB review only when the ORE determines that the information and materials submitted are sufficient to enable the REB to make an informed review of the ethical acceptability of the research. Please also note that it is expected that all submitted materials are proofread for spelling and grammatical errors, and adhere to required formats and templates. Should information and materials be deemed insufficient or of a sub-standard quality, the application will be returned to the researcher for revisions.  



The REB meets to review research studies on the second Wednesday of the month with some exceptions due to the university calendar. These meetings are closed to the public.


Deadlines for Full Board Review

Submissions that may require Full Board Review (e.g. may be greater-than-minimal risk) must be received by 4:30pm of the deadline as listed in the table below in order to be reviewed at the corresponding REB meeting date. Applications received after the deadline will be deferred to the following meeting date.


Meeting Deadlines and Dates

Meeting Month Submission deadline  REB Meeting date
January 2022 December 31, 2021 January 19, 2022
February 2022 January 21, 2022 February 9, 2022
March 2022 February 18, 2022 March 9 , 2022
April 2022 March 25, 2022 April 13, 2022
May 2022 April 22, 2022 May 11, 2022
June 2022 May 20, 2022 June 8, 2022
July 2022 June 24, 2022 July 13, 2022
August 2022 July 22, 2022 August 10, 2022
September 2022 August 26, 2022 September 14, 2022
October 2022 September 23, 2022 October 12, 2022
November 2022 October 21, 2021 November 9, 2022
December 2022 November 18, 2022 December 7, 2022


Last updated: July 22, 2022