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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

Meeting Month Submission deadline  REB Meeting date
January 2021 December 25, 2020 January 13, 2021
February 2021 January 22, 2021 February 10, 2021
March 2021 February 19, 2021 March 10 , 2021
April 2021 March 26, 2021 April 14, 2021
May 2021 April 23, 2021 May 12, 2021
June 2021 May 21, 2021 June 9, 2021
July 2021 June 25, 2021 July 14, 2021
August 2021 July 23, 2021 August 11, 2021
September 2021 August 20, 2021 September 8, 2021
October 2021 September 24, 2021 October 13, 2021
November 2021 October 22, 2021 November 10, 2021
December 2021 November 26, 2021 December 8, 2021


Last updated: January 4, 2021