Mandate & Policies
Brescia University College, as an academic institution that is eligible to receive
and administer funds from the Tri-Council granting agencies, must comply with Tri-Council
policies, including the Tri-Council Policy Statement on Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2 (2022)).
Brescia must ensure that any research conducted under its auspices adheres to the
TCPS 2 (2022), which means that any faculty, staff, or students who are conducting
research with humans or human biological specimens must submit an ethics application to the Brescia Research Ethics Board (BREB). This includes faculty who are involved
as co-investigators or collaborators on projects conducted at other institutions.
In some cases, Brescia faculty may submit an application to Western University’s Research
Ethics Board. If this is the case, the BREB will accept the Western REB ethics approval
(see Guidelines #1 & #3a below).
Investigators external to Brescia are asked to contact the Research Officer and/or BREB Chair, and to coordinate submission of their approved application and/or official approval
letter (as applicable), for multijurisdictional review.
Before you submit an application to the BREB, review the following guidelines:
- The Brescia Policy for Ethical Review of Research Involving Human
- All researchers (and personnel listed on applications) applying for ethics approval
should be familiar with the TCPS2 (2022), and have undertaken the relevant CORE training program. This documentation may be requested by the BREB.
- To fulfill a course requirement, students registered in Brescia University College
courses may be required to conduct research with human participants (including data
and/or biological materials), or may ask permission to conduct such research. For
these situations, review the Brescia University College Guidelines for Students Conducting Research and Pedagogical
Activities Involving Human Participants.
- Review the BREB Decision Tree to determine if researchers should submit applications to the Brescia or Western
- If the application is approved by a Western REB, Brescia faculty, staff, and/or students
will supply to the BREB documentation, including the approval letter for review within
30 days of receipt, for authorization.
- If the research protocol would be considered medically invasive, researchers must
provide an additional letter describing the invasive procedure to Brescia’s Academic
Dean, who will seek a classification of risk assessment. If additional insurance is
required, you must wait for the insurance approval before beginning participant recruitment
and data collection.