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Ethics Approval & Project Implementation

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All research projects involving humans (including graduate thesis projects) must have ethical approval before data collection commences. Members of the Faculty of Nursing must apply for ethical approval via the Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board, or CHREB.

The University of Calgary’s Ethics Boards adhere to the ethical guidelines set out in the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS). All Faculty members and students must familiarize themselves with this document prior to commencing research involving humans: To aid in this, the Tri-Council has provided a helpful tutorial, at the end of which you will receive a certificate of completion. This certificate must be attached to each ethics application you submit for approval. The links to both the TCPS and the Tutorial are located on the right.

Once you have completed the TCPS Tutorial, if you remain uncertain as to whether your work constitutes quality assurance, quality improvement, or evaluation research, the Alberta Research Ethics Community Consensus Initiative (ARECCI) has developed some Ethics Decision Support Tools that may be of assistance.  If the ARECCI tools do not answer your questions, please consult the Faculty of Nursing Research Office, or a CHREB representative.

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Ethics Approval Process

Please note: the Research Office can assist you in navigating the ethics approval process.

  1. Submit application for research funding.
  2. Begin ethics application in IRISS. Collect letters of support, tools, consent forms, etc. 
  3. Once funding is confirmed, upload funding letter. Notify ADR that application is ready for faculty review and sign off.
  4. Once application has been approved by faculty, submit for CHREB review (allow 6 – 10 weeks).
  5. Once certification is granted, notify board of any adverse events, modifications, etc.
  6. Renew ethics annually. Once data collection is complete, submit request to close ethics.
  7. Keep data secure for five years following closure of ethics (unless otherwise specified). Destroy data at end of this period.


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