The University of Saskatchewan has established the Behavioral and Biomedical Research Ethics Boards (REBs) to review and approve research involving humans. The determination of which REB is the most appropriate to conduct a review is based primarily on research methods and methodologies. It is important the project be reviewed by the REB with the most relevant expertise in the area of the proposed research.
- The Biomedical Research Ethics Board (Bio-REB) is responsible for the review of all ethics applications involving human subjects that include medically invasive procedures; physical interventions and therapies (including exercise and diet interventions); administration and testing of drugs, natural products or devices; or physiological imaging and measures (e.g. MRI or CT scans, heart rate, blood pressure). A project that is based solely on the use of medical charts or health records (no other research method is being used) will be reviewed by the Biomedical Research Ethics Board.
- The Behavioural Research Ethics Board (Beh-REB) is responsible for the review of all ethics applications involving human subjects that include social, behavioural and cultural research using methods such as interviews, surveys, questionnaires, observations, psychological, social or behavioural interventions, audio and/or video recording.
With the increasing numbers of multidisciplinary research projects and the use of mixed methods, research ethics submissions that combine elements of both biomedical and behavioural research are becoming more common. An ethics application using mixed methods will be reviewed by the REB with the best expertise in the methods that may impose the greater risk to a research participant from either a biomedical or behavioral standpoint. Where appropriate, the Biomedical and Behavioural REB may collaborate in the ethics review of the submission.
The Research Ethics Office may determine that an ethics application is more appropriately reviewed by one REB than the other and reserves the right to move the ethics application to the REB with the most appropriate expertise to conduct the review. In those cases the researcher will be consulted and informed of the transfer. No new submission will be required, but additional information may be requested.
If you need assistance in making the initial assessment, please contact either of the Research Ethics Facilitators, at the numbers below: