Ethics & AHS Approvals

ALL research projects involving humans must have ethics approval before data collection commences.

If needed, AHS operational approval is requested following ethics approval.

Members of the Faculty of Nursing must apply for research ethics approval via the Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board (CHREB). CHREB adheres to the ethical guidelines set out in the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2 2018). All members of the research team (faculty, staff, and students) are required to familiarize themselves with this document prior to commencing research involving humans. To assist with this, the Tri-Council has provided a helpful online TCPS 2 Tutorial.

After completing the TCPS 2 Tutorial, please upload the certificate of completion to your researcher profile in IRISS (Institutional Research Information Services Solution). 

Detailed guidance on the ethics application process is provided below for faculty and students.  Additional guidance documents and required templates are available on the CHREB website.

Research or QI/QA/PE?  If you are unsure whether your work constitutes research or quality assurance (QA), quality improvement (QI), or program evaluation (PE), please review the helpful guidance and decision tools found on this webpageIf you decide that your project is QI, QA, or PE, you still need to request an exemption from CHREB ethics review before beginning your study. 

Ethics Application Checklists

Easy-to-follow guides from the Faculty of Nursing Research Office

Faculty Members

Go to Checklist

Graduate Students

Go to Checklist

Need Alberta Health Services (AHS) Operational Approval?

Congratulations, your study has received ethics approval from CHREB or HREBA!

If your study requires access to AHS facilities, staff, patients, data, or other resources you need to complete an online questionnaire to request operational approval from AHS before proceeding.

AHS will notify you directly once they have reviewed your request.