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IMPORTANT NOTICE: SFU Research Ethics Board (REB) Guidance during COVID-19 Outbreak. Read more.

Course approvals

Undergraduate and graduate courses including Directed Studies that require or permit students to participate in research projects as part of their training or for the purpose of assessment, must receive ethics approval before the course begins.

Do I require ethics approval?

Ethics approval criteria and exemptions

Ethics database

Step-by-step instructions for registering to the ethics database. Please note: the ethics database requires Adobe Flash. 

Ethics policies and guidelines

Institutional policies; internal REB policies; provincial, national and international policies


SFU ethics documents including consent form template, study details and COI disclosure form

Initial and continuing review

Initial application, funding information, amendments, annual renewal, study closure

Multi-jurisdictional research

Research Ethics BC (RE BC) and the Provincial Research Ethics Platform (PREP) approvals, previously approved minimal-risk research with non-RE BC partner organizations

Research Ethics Board (REB)

Submission deadlines, full board review deadlines, REB meeting information and schedule