Research Ethics

Haskayne Faculty and Research

The new Institutional Research Information Service Solution (IRISS) Research Ethics Board (REB) application is a secure, online process to streamline and modernize research ethics certification. This new system helps the many ethics documents needed for certification flow effectively and alerts researchers to potential compliance issues.

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  1. Students

    All graduate student research projects involving humans requires submission to the Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board (CFREB) through IRISS.

    All course-based data collection projects (graduate and undergraduate) are reviewed by the Chair of the Haskayne School of Business Research Ethics Committee (HSBREC) following the Tri-Council Policy Statement. For graduate students, Research Ethics certification is required through the University's Course on Research Ethics (CORE) Tutorial.

    Templates and Process

    HSBREC Chair: Peggy Hedges (
    HSBREC Reviewers: Norm Althouse, Scott Radford, Jaana Woiceshyn

  2. Faculty

    All faculty research at the University of Calgary must be submitted through IRISS and  reviewed by the Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board (CFREB). Data collection cannot begin until a certificate has been sent from the Chair of the CFREB.

    For questions regarding ethics application procedures, visit the CFREB or CHREB website for templates and forms. For questions regarding the CFREB application and review process, please contact Chad Saunders (, the Haskayne School of Business representative on the CFREB.

All research at the University of Calgary, by faculty and students, involving human subjects is covered by the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans. The Tri-Council Policy Statement requires all research involving human subjects to be reviewed by the appropriate research ethics board within the institution.

There are two central Research Ethics Boards at the University of Calgary that are responsible for managing the ethics review process as it pertains to research work in the institution. The Conjoint Faculties Research Ethics Board (CFREB) covers researchers and associates institutes the faculties of:

  • Arts
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Design
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Haskayne School of Business
  • Law
  • Science
  • Social Work

The Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board (CHREB) covers the faculties of:

  • Kinesiology
  • Medicine or Nursing
  • or any study involving subjects recruited wholly or substantially through Alberta Health Services.