Research Ethics Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the REB?
  2. Who can answer questions about Research Ethics at BCIT?
  3. When do I need to apply to the REB?
  4. How do I apply?
  5. When are the REB meetings held?
  6. How long will the (REB) review process take?
  7. I'm working with a principal investigator at another institution and they have Ethics Approval there. Do I need to get an approval here as well?
  8. What do I need to do after approval?
  9. Who do I contact about setting up my survey so the data stays in Canada?

1. What is the REB?

The BCIT Research Ethics Board (REB) is an elected group of faculty and staff responsible for reviewing and approving research under BCIT’s auspices. Research under BCIT’s auspices includes human participants or human biological materials if:
(a) any of the researchers are associated with BCIT,
(b) any of the participants are associated with BCIT,
(c) any BCIT resources are used in the study (e.g., conducted on our campus).

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2. Who can answer questions about Research Ethics at BCIT?

Please contact Allison Kirschenmann, the REB Chair, or 604-451-6917.

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3. When do I need to apply to the REB?

Studies that involve no more risk to participants than they would encounter in their everyday lives are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Please email the application and all attachments to the chair approximately 3-4 weeks before you need to start collecting data.

For applicants submitting a study that involves more risk than participants would encounter in their everyday lives, please email the Chair all materials two to three weeks in advance of the meeting dates below to ensure sufficient review time.
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4. How do I apply?

If you are collaborating with other researchers in BC or recruiting participants at other institutions in BC please use the online application in RISe. You will need a UBC Campus-Wide Login (CWL) account, which you can open by following the instructions here. Please email the BCIT REB Chair if you have any questions, or with the title of your study when your application is ready to submit.

If your study does not involve other institutions in BC then please apply using BCIT's PDF forms and templates as outlined below:

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5. When are the REB meetings held?

2019 REB Meeting Dates

  • January 30th
  • March 20th
  • June 12th 
  • September 18th
  • November 20th
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6. How long will the review process take?

Submissions to the REB will be acknowledged within five working days of being received. The Chair will determine if the application qualifies for a delegated or full review. If a full review is required the submission will be placed on the agenda of the next REB meeting if received two weeks prior to the meeting. When a submission qualifies for a delegated review, two REB members will provide feedback on the application. The Chair then compiles the members’ comments and communicates with the applicant. This usually takes about three weeks from receipt of a complete application. The applicant is then asked to edit the application based on the reviewers’ comments. Time for approval after resubmission will depend on when you return the revisions and how easy it is for the chair to verify the changes you have made. Please include an itemized list of changes with highlighted changes if possible.

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7. I'm working with a principal investigator at another institution and they have ethics approval there. Do I need to get an approval here as well?

Yes, BCIT is responsible for research carried out by its faculty, on its premises, or with funds administered by the Institute. Approval from the BCIT Research Ethics Board is required for all faculty, staff, or students, regardless of where their research site(s) or participants are located. If your research involves other researchers or institutions in BC you can submit a single (harmonized) application online through UBC’s RISe system and select BCIT as a primary affiliation or site of research: https://www.rise.ubc.ca/

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8. What do I need to do after approval?

During the research you will need to report any changes to study procedures or personnel, unanticipated problems, and renew your approval before it expires if you need more time to collect data (there is no need to extend your approval if you are simply analyzing or writing up your research). After your study is complete please send us a study completion report to close it.

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9. Who do I contact about setting up my survey so the data stays in Canada?

Amanda Grant in the Learning and Teaching Centre manages the BCIT licenses for SurveyMonkey and can help you put the survey online with the necessary BCIT logo and privacy notices. She can be reached at agrant56@bcit.ca or 604-456-1221

BCIT Survey Guidelines and Best Practices developed by BCIT's Institutional Research Office may also help you with your survey. 


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