• UNBC and the North

    UNBC's research and integral role in the University of the Arctic are featured in a new Globe series "The North," an "investigation into the unprecedented change to the climate, culture, and politics of Canada’s last frontier."

  • UNBC Students Research Ancient Village off BC Coast

    It’s hard to imagine, but UNBC students conducting an archaeological dig as part of a summer course may have discovered the oldest known settlement in BC.

  • Government Funding Brings UNBC Closer to Unique Cancer Drug Discovery Program

    The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has announced funding for research equipment at UNBC as part of an anti-cancer drug discovery platform that will be unique in Canada.

  • UNBC Researcher: “we underestimate the pain of people we don’t like”

    UNBC psychology professor Ken Prkachin's research in the area of pain expression has been published in the latest edition of Pain, the official journal of the International Association for the Study of Pain.

  • UNBC Collaborating with RCMP on Hitchhiking Research

    UNBC Wildlife and Fisheries instructor Roy Rea is part of a comprehensive study into hitchhiking in BC which was recently initiated by UNBC and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

  • Beetle Research Network

    UNBC Professors Dezene Huber (left) and Brent Murray will again be participating in an inter-university and inter-organizational research network dedicated to studying the spread of the mountain pine beetle.

Research Ethics & Safety: Human Subjects

Any research or study conducted at UNBC facilities (including affiliated research facilities) or undertaken by persons connected to UNBC involving human subjects, animals or biohazardous materials must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate board or committee, in accordance with UNBC policy and procedures. All researchers are expected to familiarize themselves with UNBC policy and procedures relating to research ethics.

While the Research Ethics Board and the Animal Care and Use Committee do not consider formal applications for approval until project funding has been secured, they encourage researchers to contact the Chair to ascertain if there are ethical considerations which may impact the viability of a proposal or its budget. For research projects yet to be funded, an "Approval in Principle" form is available to assist the researcher in obtaining initial ethical approval for their project.

Research & Teaching Involving Human Subjects

All research or teaching conducted under the auspices of UNBC involving the use of human subjects, human tissue, human stem cells or data collected on human subjects must conform to the UNBC Policy on Research Involving Human Participants and must have the prior approval of the UNBC Research Ethics Board (REB). In Canada, all human subject research is guided by the Tri-Council Policy Statement on the Ethical Conduct for Research involving Human Subjects.

Please note that research involving human subjects, either directly or indirectly, even if non-invasive to the person, should be submitted for prior approval by the REB. This includes all research involving interviews, focus groups, aptitude testing, internet surveys, telephone polls or psychological experiments.

Note that this includes research conducted as part of a classroom project and work by students. Faculty members who are in any doubt as to whether Research Ethics Board (REB) approval is necessary must consult the Chair of the REB well before students begin classroom projects.

Research Ethics Board (REB)

The REB is responsible for ensuring University-wide understanding of, and compliance with, all applicable external and internal requirements. Prior to commencement of research and teaching activities involving the use of human participants, the REB must review and approve the activities.


The Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics has developed an Online Tutorial, TCPS2: Course on Research Ethics (CORE).  It was designed to support the Canadian research community's implementation of the 2nd edition of the Tri-Council Policy Statement for the Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2).
The Canadian Institutes for Health Research have a number of publications on ethics such as Best Practices for Protecting Privacy in Health Research and Aboriginal Ethics Policy. For more information about ethics at CIHR, visit the CIHR site.

Northern Health

If you are conducting research in conjunction with Northern Health, please contact their Research Review Committee for information on their review processes or visit their webpage at the link below. You are also required to complete and attach the Northern Health Authority Supplement form to your UNBC REB application, which can be found on our Forms page.