About Human Research Ethics

Pursuant to the Tri-Council Policy Statement Version 2 (TCPS2) Langara College’s Research Ethics Board (LC-REB) has been established to ensure that all research at Langara College involving involving human subjects is conducted in accordance with nationally accepted ethical standards. 

The LC-REB) is an independent committee established by the College. Acting on behalf of, but independent of the College, the LC-REB is charged with reviewing the ethical acceptability of all proposed research at the College that involves human subjects. The review process is guided by the following core principles: respect for persons, concern for welfare, and justice.

As an independent committee, the LC-REB is required to operate free of influence and to avoid situations of real, potential or perceived conflict of interest. It is authorized to review and to approve, reject, propose modifications to or terminate any proposed or ongoing research involving human subjects based on the ethical acceptability of the research.


Should I Apply for Ethics Review?

The LC-REB must review all research, and all activities that include in part research, that involves human participants. No research activity that involves human participants, including recruitment, can be initiated until approval has been obtained from the LC-REB. Approval must be obtained from the LC-REB for all research protocols, consent documents and recruitment materials before any activity involving human subjects is commenced.

Any research project conducted by any individual connected to the College, which involves human participants must conform to College policy Policy-B5007 Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans. This policy applies to all research involving human participants and covers all of the following situations:

  • Research conducted by members of the College acting in their College capacity (this includes faculty, staff, administrators, students, paid or unpaid associates and any other person associated with the College and identifying their association with the College in connection with the research or engaging in the research as part of their non-instructional duty.);
  • Where the research is conducted on any College premise or participants are recruited on College premises or using College facilities (e.g. by sending Emails to College students.);
  • Where the research is administered by the College;
  • Where ethics approval is required pursuant to any agreement the College might have with any other institution or agency.

Research Ethics Board review by another institution does not satisfy the requirements for review by the LC-REB.

Some activities and studies are exempt from review. Information about exemptions is provided in articles 2.2 to 2.6 of the TCPS2 and in section 5.3 of Policy B5007.


How to Obtain Ethics Approval

Investigators wishing to obtain LC-REB approval are required to complete and submit a completed Research Ethics Approval Form to The Office of The Deans, Room B241, Langara College.

Before You Apply

Before seeking approval it is strongly recommended that individuals complete the Introductory Tutorial for the Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS2): Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans. The tutorial can be found here: http://tcps2core.ca/welcome

Other educational resources to support researchers can be found in the Education and Training section of this website.