Research Involving Humans or Animals

Research Involving Humans
The Northern College Research Ethics Board (REB) is established to fulfill the ethical responsibilities concerning research involving human participants in accordance with the standards developed by the Tri-Councils [Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)] and contained in the TCPS2. The Tri-Councils only provide funding to researchers and institutions that are compliant with this Policy.

Human Research Ethics Approval Process
The REB is built upon the guiding core ethical principles as discussed by the TCPS2, of respect for persons, concern for welfare, and justice. The application of these core principles is intended to maintain the balance between the necessary protection of participants and researchers and the legitimate requirements of research. It is the responsibility of Northern College’s REB to ensure that research involving human subjects is conducted in an ethical manner as stated in the TCPS2.


Research Involving Animals
All proposed use of animals at Northern College falls under the jurisdiction of the Animal Care Committee (ACC). The ACC reports through the Dean of Sciences, to the Vice President of Academic and Student Success, and fulfills the roles and responsibilities laid down by the CCAC. Any proposed applied or other research projects with animal subjects will also fall under the ACC jurisdiction and must be approved by the ACC as well as any other persons required by the CCAC prior to being undertaken.

Animal Research Ethics Approval Process
All research must align with the Animal Care and Use Policy #1. Any individual(s) wishing to conduct research involving animals within the context of, or associated with, Northern College, whether locally or in other jurisdictions or countries are required to oblige. It is the responsibility of Northern College’s ACC to ensure that research involving animal subjects is conducted in an ethical manner as stated by the CCAC.