Any research or study conducted at University facilities, or undertaken by persons connected to the University, involving human participants, animals or biohazardous materials must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate University of Saskatchewan Research Ethics Board (REB) or Committee. 

All other documents, including, amendments, modifications, annual report forms, study closure forms or unanticipated problem reports can also be submitted by email. 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.

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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.

The University of Saskatchewan follows the national standards outlined by the Tri-Council Policy Statement - Second Edition: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans and the University Policy for Research Involving Human Participants and the University Research Integrity Policy  (Effective date July 1, 2013). Additional guidance is also provided by the Agreement on the Administration of Agency Grants and Awards by Research Institutions.

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All research, teaching or testing that involves animal subjects or the use of animal tissue must be accurately described in an Animal Use Protocol that is reviewed and approved by the University Animal Care Committee (UACC) Animal Research Ethics Board (AREB).  No animal use can take place until a Certificate of Approval has been issued.  Search the Knowledge Base to access Animal Ethics forms.

The University of Saskatchewan follows the University Policy on Care and Use of Animals in Research and the Tri-Council MOU.  Accordingly, all vertebrate animal and cephalopod use in teaching, research, or testing must align with the Guidelines of the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC).  USask holds the CCAC Certificate of Good Animal Practice, indicating its compliance with national standards.   

The ethics committee responsible for the Animal Care and Use Program is the UACC.  Administrative responsibility for the University’s overall program of animal care and use rests with the Vice President of Research.  The Animal Ethics Office, operating out of the OVPR provides the following:

  • Administrative support for the UACC and animal users
  • Assistance with protocol development
  • Assistance with Permit and health certificate acquisition for international and interprovincial animal movement
  • Veterinary and research support through the UACC Veterinarians, UACC Animal Technicians, and Animal Care Services.
  • Didactic and practical skills training related to the use of animals.

To order animals or report animal numbers used, access the Animal Order Desk

To report an animal welfare concern, please go to Anonymous Reporting of Ethics Concerns

Contact Information
For any questions with regards to the Animal Care and Use Program, please contact: 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.


To determine if you need to register and to obtain the necessary forms, please contact:
Safety Resources

Research Approval Process

All research studies requiring access to Saskatchewan Health Authority resources or patients (including Personal Health Information) must obtain two types of approval prior to commencing:

  1. Research Ethics Approval
  2. Operational Approval

Research ethics approval is obtained from one of the Province of Saskatchewan's recognized Research Ethics Board (University of Regina, University of Saskatchewan or the Saskatchewan Health Authority REB). The ethics review ensures that the proposed study is scientifically valid, ethically sound, compliant with legislation, and most importantly, minimizes risk to participants (patients and staff).

Operational Approval provides assurance that the research can be carried out safely by the impacted departments, within their current workload, and when possible, provides a mechanism for the Saskatchewan Health Authority to recapture the direct costs of supporting the research in a manner that is fair and transparent to researchers.

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

For copies of the Operational Approval form, go to