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: 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

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.

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.

For more information:
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

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.