Protecting Human Research Participants
UBC’s program to protect human research participants seeks to ensure that UBC research is conducted in accordance with the highest ethical standards. Our activities involve a number of administrative and academic units,
As articulated in Canada’s recently revised national guideline, the Tri-Council Policy Statement on Ethical Research Involving Humans (TCPS2), there is no doubt that research benefits society in countless ways. However, some research can involve certain risks to research participants.
Accordingly, UBC's Policy #89 mandates that all research involving human participants that is conducted under the auspices of the University must be approved by and overseen by a sanctioned Research Ethics Board. The Research Ethics Boards at UBC and affiliated institutions ensure that research is designed and conducted to protect the rights, welfare and privacy of research participants.
Compliance with US Regulations
All UBC Research Ethics Boards have an assurance of compliance approved by the United States Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP). The Assurance obligates UBC researchers who conduct research supported by the US Federal government or regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration to comply with applicable US Federal Regulations. UBC’s Research Ethics Boards share a common set of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that comply with these regulations.