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All research that involves human subjects requires review and approval by a Research Ethics Board (REB) in accordance with the Tri-Council Policy Statement before the research is started.

Review is required for:

  • Research involving human remains, cadavers, tissues, biological fluids, embryos or fetuses.
  • Observation of human behaviour in a natural environment
  • Use of identifiable data

Review is not required for:

  • Research about a living individual involved in the public arena, or about an artist, based exclusively on publicly available information, documents, records, works,performances, archival materials or third-party interviews.
  • Quality assurance studies, performance reviews or testing within normal educational requirements
  • Publicly available reports, literature, STATS CAN data


Questions? Please contact the Research Services and Ethics Office (RSEO) at 306-966-2975 or ethics.office@usask.ca