Wanted: Research Ethics Board members

Niagara College is committed to ensure a safe and ethical research environment. It supports the academic freedom and the ethical, scientific professional values of research based on the principles of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS2).

Niagara College is seeking new membership of the college’s Research Ethics Board (REB) to ensure  a competent research ethics review for research projects based on the three core principles of the TCPS2: a) Respect for Persons, b) Concern for Welfare, and c) Justice .

The REB’s main role is to review the ethical acceptability of all research involving humans conducted within the College or under its auspices by their faculty, staff or students, regardless of the location of the research. Ultimately, the REB is responsible for ensuring that the physical safety and personal integrity of all human participants in research are respected and protected.

The REB will report to the President of the College and has the mandate to review the ethical acceptability of research conducted at the College which includes having authority to approve, reject, and propose modifications to or to terminate any proposed or ongoing research involving human participants. The REB will have face-to-face meetings on a regular basis.

Currently, the College is seeking two members with relevant expertise in research content and methodology; one member knowledgeable in ethics; one member knowledgeable in the current law;  one community member with no college affiliation; and substitute members that will ensure the continuity of the REB review. 



Niagara College is currently seeking Research Ethics Board Members in the following areas



*Please note that according to TCPS2 senior administrators are not eligible REB members*

Two members with the relevant knowledge and expertise to understand the content area and methodology of the proposed or ongoing research to assess the risks and potential benefits that may be associated with the research.

 A member knowledgeable in ethics that has the sufficient knowledge to guide the REB in identifying and addressing ethics issues based on the types and complexities of research the REB will review.

A member knowledgeable in the law that will be responsible to alert the REB to legal issues and their implications.

A community member with no affiliation with Niagara College. He or she will help broaden the perspective and value base of the REB.  The community member’s primary role is to reflect the perspective of the participant.

Substitute members for each REB member. Substitute members will ensure that the REB will continue to function when regular members are unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances.


Upon appointment, all members including substitute members will undergo training in the following areas: a) TCPS2 Core principles; b) Basic ethics standards; c) Applicable institutional polices; and d) Legal or regulatory requirements.

Interested members may submit their curriculum vitae along with an email highlighting the qualifications stated above, including any education and relevant participation in research ethics training to research@niagaracollege.ca by May 1, 2012. For more information on the requirements and responsibilities of REB members, please contact Natalee Tokar at ntokar@niagaracollege.ca 

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