As of March 22, 2021, in preparation for the resumption of face-to-face research involving human participants, the University of Toronto’s Research Ethics Boards (REBs) have begun accepting submissions of F2F human research as one of two separate review processes. The REB review process focuses as usual on human research ethics issues. The second review process by the Face-to-Face COVID-19 Review Committee (F2FCRC) focuses specifically on the COVID-19 health and safety risks of the research being proposed.
Approvals from both review processes are required before F2F research activities can commence. Please see the detailed instructions for the submission process.
Amendments to pivot to online or virtual methodologies are continuing to be reviewed normally, and renewals and protocol completion reports will also continue to be reviewed to ensure that protocols remain in good standing.
Who is this for?
- Professors, Faculty Members
- Research Team Members
Human research ethics at the University of Toronto (U of T) is founded on the following core principles.
- Respect for persons: recognizing the intrinsic value of human beings and the respect and consideration they are due
- Concern for welfare: caring about the quality of all people’s experience of life in all of its aspects
- Justice: the obligation to treat people fairly and equitably
These core principles are the foundation of the University’s secondary research ethics principles listed below. Research ethics principles are the considerations discussed and deliberated on through the review of human ethics protocols.
- Free and informed consent
- Fairness and equity in research participation
- Privacy and confidentiality
- Conflicts of interest
- Risks and benefits
- Dissemination of research results
U of T has developed the following Ethics Guidelines to help researchers understand and navigate ethics principles while writing their protocols.
Please reach out to the corresponding contact within the Division of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation (VPRI) for more information on the Ethics Guidelines. Full contact information can be found in the VPRI Contact section below.
- Informed Consent
- Data Security Standards for Personally Identifiable & Other Confidential Data in Research
- Compensation & Reimbursement
- Interviewing Public Personalities
- Participant Observation
- Deception & Debriefing in Research
- Use of Student Participation Pools in Research
- Teacher-Researcher Role-Based Conflict
- External Pressure to Disclose Participant Data
- Advise and consult on the principles of human research ethics as they apply to developing a research project and writing an ethics protocol