Ethics & Compliance

Ethics and Compliance

 

HREB Guidelines for In-person Research during COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19- Restrictions Update

Previously approved research and scholarship is permitted to continue with adherence to the COVID-19 guidelines. Under the latest provincial restrictions, campus access for non-MRU community members (i.e., anyone without a Campus Access Card) for research & scholarship should be avoided unless deemed essential. Research and scholarship that: 1) requires campus access or travel/fieldwork, 2) has not been previously approved, and 3) is being initiated over the spring/summer requires approval through your Dean and ORSCE.

 

 

The Human Research Ethics Board advises investigators to consider if in-person participant interactions could be reduced and/or replaced with telephone or online communication. Considerations include the nature of your protocol, the type of participants engaged in the research, and any additional risk that may arise by switching from in-person to virtual communication. Revised participant consents or consent addendums may be required (e.g., to update privacy considerations with use of different communication channels if online platforms are used). 

HREB has developed a guidance document for in-person or face-to-face interactions that provides direction on how data collection with human participants can resume during the COVID-19 restrictions. This process may change given the evolving restrictions by the Alberta’s Provincial Chief Medical Officer of Health (ACMOH). 

Where research staff has symptoms that are not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition (i.e., cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose or sore throat) AHS protocols for self-isolation must be followed: https://www.alberta.ca/isolation.aspx

Human Research Ethics Board (HREB)

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


Student Human Research Ethics Committee (SHREC)

Applications for course-based research reviewed by the Student Human Research Ethics Committee (SHREC). Learn more about SHREC.


Biomedical Studies

Any biomedical studies involving the Health Information Act (HIA) 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.

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.

Biomedical studies involving treatments or interventions that do not fall within the Health Information Act must be submitted to HREB.


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.


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If you have any questions or require more information on Ethics and Compliance, please contact our Research Compliance Officer, Priscilla Wamucii, at 403.440.8470 or hreb@mtroyal.ca.