Information about Research Involving Human Participants

The Emily Carr University Research Ethics Board (ECU-REB) considers education about research ethics for those involved in research to be a core purpose of the board and its service.

Research Ethics Workshops & Presentations

Every semester, Research Ethics Workshops and Presentations are available for all researchers (faculty members, graduate students, and administrators) in advance of the application deadlines. First time applicants for research ethics approval are strongly advised to contact the ECU-REB office for individualized assistance with the application process, well in advance of the application deadlines.

(Check back soon for 2017/18 Workshop announcements and dates.)


In-class workshops provided by the ECU-REB

Customized class presentations and workshops are available from the ECU-REB office. Faculty Members are encouraged to contact the ECU-REB office ( to discuss the possibilities for presentations about the core principals of research ethics, the fundamentals of informed consent, or the role of the research ethics board.

The Tri-Council Policy Statement and Course on Research Ethics

  • Tcps 2 - Second Edition of Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (updated 2014)
  • The online tutorial TCPS 2: CORE (Course on Research Ethics) is an introduction to the 2nd edition of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2). It consists of eight modules focusing on the guidance in TCPS 2 that is applicable to all research regardless of discipline or methodology. The purpose of TCPS 2: CORE is to provide an introduction to TCPS 2, primarily for researchers and, secondarily, for Research Ethics Board members. It is an Emily Carr University requirement that all researchers and a recommendation that all REB board members complete this tutorial annually.

Data Management

Questions about data management are part of every research ethics application. Please consult with the Data Management Research Guide on the Emily Carr University Library website to ensure that your data management plan meets current standards, and to learn abou tnew tools that are available to help researchers manage data safely and ethically.

Visual Research Methods

This document presents ideas and considerations for researchers who make use of visual research methods with human participants. Susan Cox, from UBC's W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics and External Mmber of the ECU-REB, is a lead author of this document. Other members of the ECU-REB contributed feedback during its preparation.

Other research ethics resources

Having trouble writing that REB application? The Thesis Whisperer is ready to help. Australian REB member Judy Redman has helpful advise that is surprisingly relevant in this Canadian setting - (Human) ethics applications with minimum pain (part one) and (Human) ethics applications with minimum pain (part two).

In February 2011 Anna Maria Tremonti of CBC Radio's The Current spoke with Rebecca Skloot, author of The Imortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.The book chronicles the story behind what may be most significant human contribution to medical science of all time. Through the people who wittingly or otherwise paid a high personal price for research, the story follows the development of current research ethics review legislation and guidelines - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (CBC podcast)

Rachelle Clifford, My Grandfather the Cedar; My Grandmother the Wool, 2010

Creative Practices

Research Involving Creative Practices (2008) - This document describes ethical considerations with projects that involve humans in creative practice-based research.

Research Ethics Resources

The W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics at UBC invites participation in on-line research about current ethical topics. By participating in one of their on-line surveys, you can contribute to their collection of opinions and rationales on a variety of topics such as the use of animals in research, neuroethics, ethics and the environmental, and more. The surveys are also examples of how on-line survey tools can be used for formal research. By setting up an account and completing one or more of these surveys, you will experience the 'gold standard' for formalized use of Internet tools in participant research. They can be found in the "Participate in Research" section here:

Research Ethics - BC Resources

Research Ethics - Canadian

Research Ethics - International

Lois Klassen, Word Finding, 2011

Oral History

Internet Research

Aboriginal & Indigenous Research Ethics Protocol

Research with Children & Adolescent Populations