Any research or study conducted at University facilities, or undertaken by persons connected to the University, involving human subjects, animals or biohazardous materials must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate University of Saskatchewan Research Ethics Board (REB) or Committee. For more information see How Do I Get Ethics Approval.

  • Applications to the Behavioural and Biomedical REBs should be emailed to ethics.office@usask.ca
  • Applications to the Animal REB should be emailed to uacc.office@usask.ca
  • Paper copies should be mailed to Room 223 Thorvaldson, 110 Science Place, Saskatoon SK S7N 5C9
  • The physical location of the office is Room 223 Thorvaldson, 110 Science Place, Saskatoon SK S7N 5C9
  • Research Services and Ethics Office phone number: 306-966-2975
  • UACC (University Animal Care Committee) phone number: 306-966-4126

All other documents, including, amendments, modifications, annual report forms, study closure forms or unanticipated problem reports can also be submitted by email, followed by a paper copy for those documents requiring a signature. If you are concerned about the security of your emailed documents, please contact the Research Services and Ethics Office and we will discuss arrangements for secure transmission.

Anonymous Animal Welfare Concerns Report Form

Any person witnessing or having direct knowledge of a situation that they believe jeopardizes animal welfare should report the incident immediately. Such situations may include, but are not limited to, an apparent case of non-compliance with policy or guidelines for animal use, a clinical emergency, or a mechanical or facility issue that jeopardizes animal safety or welfare.

An incident of animal welfare concern can be reported, WITHOUT DISCRIMINATION OR FEAR OF REPRISAL, by any animal care staff, laboratory personnel, faculty, or any person witnessing a situation that causes them to have a concern about the care and use of teaching and research animals at the University of Saskatchewan.

Veterinary Emergencies: please contact any animal care staff person, the Animal Welfare Veterinarian, or the University Veterinarian to rapidly address the issue.

The report will anonymously and automatically be sent to the Research Services and Ethics Office (RSEO) and forwarded directly to the University Veterinarian and the University Animal Care Committee (UACC) Chair.

Alternatively, an individual may report a concern by contacting any of the following individuals:

At the University of Saskatchewan, the UACC provides oversight of animal care and use and will investigate all incident reports in accordance with UACC Procedures on Reporting of Animal Welfare Concerns.

University Animal Care Committee (UACC)

The use of animals for research, teaching and testing is a privilege, one that comes with important responsibilities: to ensure that good science is done; to meet our ethical responsibilities for ensuring that every animal is treated humanely and not subjected to unnecessary pain or distress, and; to work within the accepted standards for experimental animal care and use.

When animals are used in science or other activities, the primary concern of the University is that discomfort to the animals be kept to a minimum, and that their care and use be in accordance with the Guidelines of the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC).

Canadian standards for experimental animal care and use are defined in the guidelines of the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC). The CCAC sets the standards through its guidelines and policies, and monitors compliance through its assessment program. The CCAC program is based on scientific peer review, policy making, and responsibility at the institutional level. For more information about the CCAC and its guidelines and policies, consult their website: www.ccac.ca. The University of Saskatchewan holds the CCAC Certificate of Good Animal Practice, indicating that it is in compliance with the national standards set by the CCAC. The awarding of the Certificate of Good Animal Practice is based on results of the CCAC assessments.

The University of Saskatchewan also follows the University Policy on Care and Use of Animals in Research and the Tri-Council MOU.   All research, teaching or testing that involves animal subjects or the use of animal tissue requires ethics review and approval by the Animal Research Ethics Board.

The ethics committee responsible for the Animal Care and Use Program is the University Animal Care Committee (UACC).   Administrative responsibility for the University's overall program of animal care and use, and operation of the UACC, rests with the Vice President Research (VPR).  Ethics review, education and compliance functions at the U of S are largely managed through the VPR Research Services and Ethics Office. The UACC Terms of Reference define its membership and operations. The UACC Terms of Reference were approved by Council in October 1999 and were most recently updated and approved by the UACC in July 2016.

UACC Forms

UACC Policies and Procedures

Animal Research Ethics Board

Fish and Aquatic Vertebrates

SOP and HIP DATABANK

Education and Training

Compliance and Monitoring

Animal Acquisition

Veterinary Care

FAQ

Resources

Contact Information
For any questions with regards to the Animal Care and Use Program, please contact: uacc.office@usask.ca or 306-966-4126
The Research Services and Ethics Office is located at 223 - 110 Science Place, Saskatoon SK, S7N 4J8

Controlled Goods Program

The Controlled Goods Program (CGP) is a stringent security system that regulates and controls the examination, possession or transfer of certain controlled goods. Anyone who deals with certain controlled goods in Canada is required to register with the CGP, including researchers contracting with industry and other non-academic partners. Some examples of controlled goods that are covered by the program include certain firearms and ammunition, many different kinds of munitions, and aerospace, satellite and other goods and technologies that guide weapons systems. Research Services will help you determine if you need to register with the federal government through the Controlled Goods Program and will perform the necessary steps to complete that registration on your behalf. Registration is free and relatively easy and quick.  Although there is a charge for police checks which is not an eligible cost on a tri- council grant. Applications take two to four weeks to process from the time they are received by Research Services. The process can take longer if the application needs to be reviewed by the Controlled Goods Directorate. Once registered, a Certification of Registration will be issued that is good for 10 years. Please keep in mind that there are strict sanctions for failing to register.

Resources:

To determine if you need to register and to obtain the necessary forms, please contact:
Director, Research Services and Ethics
Office of the Vice-President, Research
research.services@usask.ca
306-966-8576

Biosafety Program

The Canadian Federal Agencies that set guidelines and regulations to ensure the safe use of Biological Substances are Health Canada (HC) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). They are responsible for certifying all Level 3 and 4 facilities as well as regulating the importation of all animal and human pathogens into Canada. There are also Provincial regulators that mandate different areas of the safe use of biological substances such as; Saskatchewan Labor (notification of Genetically Modified Micro-Organisms), and Saskatchewan Environment and Resource Management (proper disposal of biologicals). The University of Saskatchewan’s Biosafety Code has been written and implemented to ensure that all of these guidelines and regulations are being met. Under the jurisdiction of the Department of Safety Resources, the Biosafety Office administers the use of biological substances through the Biosafety Program. The Biosafety Program is at the peak of its implementation, with the end goal of it becoming an efficient system that meets international standards, ensures a safe environment for workers, and ultimately facilitates documentation for the research community. These tasks are being accomplished by conducting training courses, workplace inspections, inventory audits and acting as a resource with campus community.

Under the authority of the President, the Biosafety Advisory Committee (BAC) was established. The BAC is authorized to advise in the safe use of biological substances, make recommendations on policies, and approve procedures and guidelines. Further, a subcommittee of the BAC, the Biosafety Protocol Approval Committee (BPAC), is authorized to issue biological substance permits, as required by the University’s Biosafety Code.

In accordance the Biosafety Code the Principal Investigator is required to obtain a permit from the BPAC prior to the use of the following substances:

  • Infectious materials or organisms (Risk group Level 2 and up),
  • human blood, tissue, cells, and body fluids,
  • unfixed diseased animal blood, tissue, and serum,
  • Non-indigenous entities, transgenic plants or animals,
  • Large scale productions, and
  • Notifiable biological substances (GMO’s, Recombinant DNA work etc.)

The following items are required to be facilitated through the Biosafety Office:

  • Level 1 research (includes healthy animal blood, tissue and serum)
  • Biosafety cabinet purchasing, use and certification
All individuals must adhere to the University’s Biosafety Code for the acquisition, use, storage, transportation and disposal of biological substances.
Please refer to the Biosafety page on the Safety Resources website for more details.
If you have any questions or require guidance, please call Safety Resources @ 306-966-8496

Radiation Safety Program

In Canada, nuclear activities are regulated by the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC). The University of Saskatchewan obtains a licence from CNSC to possess, use and store nuclear substances and devices. Under the jurisdiction of the Department of Health, Safety and Environment, the Radiation Safety Office administers the use of radioactive nuclear substances and radiation devices through the Radiation Safety Program. The Radiation Safety Program is a successful program in protecting health, safety, security and the environment. This is accomplished by conducting training courses, workplace inspections, inventory audits and consultations with campus community. The Radiation Safety Program ensures regulatory regime is effective and efficient. Regulatory efficiency provides international standards, up to date laboratories, and a healthy environment for research to thrive.

Under the authority of the President, the Radiation Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC) is established. The RSAC is authorized to advise in the safe use of nuclear substances, radiation devices and prescribed equipment, make recommendations on policies, and approve procedures and guidelines. Further, a subcommittee of the RSAC, the Radiation Safety Protocol Approval Committee (RSPAC), is authorized to issue nuclear substance permits, as required under the Nuclear Safety and Control Act.

In accordance with the licence issued by Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission to the University, the Principal Investigator is required to obtain a permit from the RSPAC prior to possessing and/or handling the following substances or devices:

  • nuclear substances (sealed or unsealed)
  • radiation devices (portable neutron gauge, gammacell, antistatic device, teletheraphy unit)
  • prescribed equipment (accelerator)

The following radiation devices require registration with the Radiation Safety Office:

  • liquid scintillation counters
  • gas chromatographs
  • x-ray machines (diffractors)
  • other (densitometers, calibrators)

All individuals must adhere to the University’s Radiation Safety Code for the acquisition, use, storage, transportation and disposal of nuclear substances, radiation devices and prescribed equipment. Refer to the Radiation Safety Code for more details.

Please refer to the Radiation Safety page on the Safety Resources website for more details.

If you have any questions or require guidance, please call Safety Resources @ 306-966-8494.

Saskatoon Health Region – Research Approval Process

Any research, funded and non-funded, involving Saskatoon Health Region Resources and/or conducted in its facilities must receive formal “Operational Approval” before it may begin. This includes any research that utilizes the resources, data, programs and/or services of the Health Region, its patients/clients/residents, and also includes research conducted in its affiliates and community-based organizations. Saskatoon Health Region Operational Approval process allows for the review and approval of research projects that impact or affects any health region resources and has two components:

  1. Proof of Ethical Approval – Saskatoon Health Region has an agreement with the University of Saskatchewan Research Ethics Boards to provide ethical review and approval for all research conducted in Saskatoon Health Region. As part of the Operational Approval process, researchers are required to provide a copy of the Certificate of Approval or Notice of Exemption from Ethics Review from the University of Saskatchewan Research Ethics Board. The researcher is also required to submit a copy of their Researcher’s Summary and approved Consent Form, if applicable.
  2. SHR Department/Unit Impact Review – The purpose of this review is for the researcher to identify what Health Region departments are affected by the research and to determine each department’s ability to support the research. This information is collected together on the Operational Approval Application form.

For more information about obtaining Saskatoon Health Region Operational Approval for Research, please call Shawna Weeks at (306) 655-1442, or email shawna.weeks@saskatoonhealthregion.ca .

For copies of the Operational Approval form, go to https://www.saskatoonhealthregion.ca/locations_services/Services/research/Pages/Research-Approval.aspx.