Ethics & Compliance

Ethics and Compliance

Human Research Ethics Board (HREB)

The Human Research Ethics Board (HREB) is responsible for ensuring that research applications about meet the Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS2) involving participants, their rights and well-being. Learn more about HREB.

Biomedical Studies

Any biomedical studies involving human participants or human health information cannot be reviewed locally, as only five boards in the province are legally able to perform such reviews. Mount Royal University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Calgary's health board (CHREB) that allows our researchers to access their services. Please submit your application to CHREB using their forms, found at CHREB at the University of Calgary.

In addition , Mount Royal University dos not review biomedical studies involving biomedical treatments or interventions. These are also reviewed by CHREB at the University of Calgary, with the exception of course-based student research that is biomedical in nature, but does not fall under the HIA.

MRU researchers must submit their CHREB approval letters, approved application forms, and all supporting documents (e.g. recruitment advertisements, consent forms, questionnaires, interview guides, debriefing forms, etc.) on the ROMEO system. Please click on this link for instructions on how to submit the documents on ROMEO.

Animal Care Committee (ACC)

The Animal Care Committee (ACC) supports animal-based research in accordance with the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC) guidelines and policies. This committee ensures all research activities are humane and well-founded to meet the level of standards that should be provided to all participants. Learn more about the ACC.

Research Ethics Compliance

The Tri-Council is comprised of the following three federal research agencies, created and funded by the people of Canada: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). These agencies promote ethical research standards and conduct or research involving human with TCPS as the benchmark. When funded by any of the three agencies, adherence to TCPS is strictly required.

The Tri-Agency Agreement on Administration of Agency Grants and Awards by Research Institutions requires researchers have an active Human Research Ethics Board (HREB) approval in place before they may receive access to funding for research involving human participants.

Mount Royal University believes in maintaining high ethical standards in research and scholarly activities. If you are a Mount Royal researcher or someone that wishes to conduct research at Mount Royal, using human participants, or human health information, proper ethical clearance needs to be secured for your funded or unfunded research.

HREB clearance for a project is valid for one year. If your project extends beyond a year, you are required to renew your certification. 

The HREB Release of Funds process enables researchers to access their funding pending preparation and approval of a fully developed ethics application.

There can be times where the first months, or years, of a research project do not involve human participants. In these situation, preparing (and reviewing) a complete ethics application during the development phase of the project may be impossible. Researchers may still receive access to their project funds via a request for an HREB Release of Funds.

The HREB Release of Funds is valid for up to one year. In cases of a multi-year award where human participant research will not begin until later in Year two or Year three, the HREB Release of Funds Agreement will need to not be renewed.

It is the responsibility of the researcher to either renew the HREB Release of Funds Agreement, or obtain ethics approval prior to the HREB Release of Funds Agreement expiry date.

If the HREB Release of Funds Agreement expire prior to renewal or the ethics approval is still being obtained, the ORSCE will cease to release any remaining funds until the renewal has been updated, or ethics approval has been obtained.
To apply:
  1. Submit the completed HREB Release of Funds request to our Research Compliance Officer, Priscilla Wamucii, at
  2. The Research Compliance Officer will send you a Release of Funds Agreement based on the information you provided in your HREB Release of Funds request for your review and signature.
  3. The Research Compliance Officer will advise the Office of Research, Scholarship and Community Engagement when the signed Release of Funds Agreement has been received.
  4. The Office of Research, Scholarship and Community Engagement will open your new research account and you may begin your research activities.

Approval of the HREB Release of Funds request will result in the generation of a 'Release of Funds Agreement' in which the researcher explicitly agrees they will not conduct any human participant research until after they have obtained HREB approval for the research.


If you have any questions or require more information on Ethics and Compliance, please contact our Research Compliance Officer, Priscilla Wamucii, at 403.44.8470 or