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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.



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.

The Principal Investigator must indicate clearly in their application that s/he believes the study may require Full Board Review or that s/he believes the study may be considered greater-than-minimal risk. A failure to indicate this possibility to ORE staff may result in a delay in the review of your study by the Full Board. The Chair, REB, and the Director, ORE, reserve the right to forward any study they believe should be reviewed and approved by the Full Board.


Meeting Deadlines and Dates

Monthly meeting date Submission deadline Review meeting date
March 2020 Feb 21, 2020 Mar 11 , 2020
April 2020 March 20, 2020 April 8, 2020
May 2020 April 17, 2020 May 13, 2020
June 2020 May 22, 2020 June 10, 2020
July 2020 June 19, 2020 July 8, 2020
August 2020 July 24, 2020 August 12, 2020
September 2020 August 21, 2020 September 9, 2020
October 2020 September 25, 2020 October 14, 2020
November 2020 October 30, 2020 November 18, 2020
December 2020 November 20, 2020 December 9, 2020


Last updated: July 6, 2020