Ethical & Hazard Identification Guideline for Classroom and Research Projects Conducted at York University

It is important to identify and address any ethical issues or hazards that may be associated with any classroom or research projects funded through York University.  The policies formulated by the University to address these hazards are intended to serve as joint protection for the faculty member, the participants, and the University.  The responsibility of due diligence must be exercised at all levels.

The following guideline will aide in knowing whether the intended project(s) will need to receive support from the appropriate committee. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact: The Office of Research Ethics

Alison Collins-Mrakas by email at or by phone at 416-736-5914 ( ext. 55914)


Agreement on The Administration of Agency Grants & Awards by Research Institutions

Animals for Research Act

Health of Animals Act

Human Pathogens and Toxins Act

Nuclear Safety and Control Act

The Occupational Health and Safety Act

Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans

Will The Project Involve?

  1. Biological Samples? (e.g. human/animal blood, fluids, tissue samples, bacteria, viruses, insects…)
  2. Human Subjects?
  3. Animals?
  4. Radiation or Laser Sources or Devices? (e.g. Radioisotopes, x-rays, lasers)

If yes to any of the above, please contact:

The Office of Research Ethics
Alison Collins-Mrakas
416-736-2100 ext. 55914

They can assist in ensuring the project receives the appropriate feedback for the work to be performed.