Health Sciences North Research Ethics Board

The purpose of the Health Sciences North Research Ethics Board (HSN REB) is to protect the rights and welfare of human participants in research. The Board reviews all research proposals for projects conducted at Health Sciences North (HSN), the Health Sciences North Research Institute (HSNRI) and the St. Joseph’s Health Centre (SJHC) institutions. 

As specified in the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS2), in the context of both initial and continuing research ethics review, the HSN REB assesses the ethical acceptability of a research project through consideration of the foreseeable risks, the potential benefits and the ethical implications of the project.

Guiding Principles

The HSN REB is guided by the core principles cited in the TCPS2 Article 1.1.

  • Respect for Persons
  • Concern for Welfare
  • Justice

Application Process

The HSN REB meets the first Monday of the month, or if the first Monday falls on a holiday, then the following Monday, or as called by the Chair. Note: The HSN REB does not meet in August.

For Full Board Review

This level of review is required for all research that the REB regards as posing more than minimal risk. Research materials are to be submitted no later than 4pm on the 15th of the month for consideration at the REB meeting held the following month. In the case that the 15th falls on a holiday or weekend, then next business day will be considered the deadline date.

For Delegated Review

Ethics applications filed with the REB normally receive delegated review by a member of the REB if the research poses only minimal risk (i.e., questionnaires, chart review, surveys, etc.). These applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no deadline for submission. Turnaround time is generally 2 weeks, but will depend on the complexity of the study or if there are major omissions.

Where to Submit

Hard copies can be brought to the Research Services Office, located on the 3rd floor of the Northeast Cancer Centre – Room 32007. Or they can be sent through interoffice mail. For questions, or to submit your application by email, please contact or you can reach us by phone at 705-523-7100, ext. 2409

For more information please see the Letter of Information to Investigators.


Initial Application

HSN REB Application

Request for Program Approval

Request for Program Approval
Request for Program Approval - Health Records
Request for Program Approval - Pharmacy
Request for Program Approval – Clinical Research Support

HSN REB Information

Meeting Schedule and Where to Submit
Letter of Information to Investigators
HSN Public REB Membership List
HSN Research Ethics Board Fees Memo

Guidance Documents

Amendment Request Form Guidelines
Annual Renewal - Final Report Guidelines
Consent Form Template
Consent Form Checklist
Protocol Template
Study Change in Status Form Guidelines
Waivers and Alterations of the Informed Consent Process – Guidance Document
Unanticipated Problem Report Form Guidelines

Additional Forms

Amendment Request Form
Annual Renewal - Final Report Form
Request for Acknowledgement Form
Study Change in Status Form
Unanticipated Problem Form
Updated IB-PM Form

Health Sciences North/Laurentian University Reciprocity Agreement

Request For Reciprocal Review Of Human Participant Research Form
Reciprocal Agreement Policy
Frequently Asked Questions


Contact Information

Research Services Office
Level 3, NECC
41 Ramsey Lake Road
Sudbury, ON P3E 5J1 
705-523-7100 ext. 2409