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Research Ethics

University research is governed by policies and practices that ensure the protection of research participants, the researcher (faculty, student, or staff member), the university, and the public. These include policies on research involving humans, the use of animals, controlled goods, and hazardous materials, among others.

Individual researchers, in addition to being governed by internal policies and procedures, may be governed by external ethical guidelines imposed by professional associations such as the Canadian Psychological Association or the Canadian College of Physicians and Surgeons, as well as the guidelines of Canadian and other regulatory agencies, such as the Health Protection Branch of Health Canada, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), or U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH).

All funded or unfunded research involving humans, animals, or controlled goods undertaken at Ryerson University facilities and conducted by Ryerson University faculty, students, and staff is subject to review and approval.

Please note that research may not begin before all University approvals/certifications, institutional requirements, or governmental authorizations are obtained.

For more information, please refer to the appropriate page below:


Human Ethics and Controlled Goods Contact:

Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation 
1 Dundas Street West, 11th Floor
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1Z3

Toni Fletcher
Research Ethics Coordinator & Control Goods Coordinator
(416)979-5000 ext. 7112

Lynn Lavallée, Associate Professor
Chair, Human Research Ethics Board
416-979-5000 x 4791

Please note: REB open office hours for Human Ethics are every Thursday from 10 am-12 pm in YDI-1142. Please drop in if you have any questions. No appointment necessary.


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