Research Ethics Review Process


York University is committed to the highest standards of integrity in research. All projects involving the use of Human ParticipantsAnimals and Biohazardous Materials are subject to review by the appropriate University committee. York has formulated policies for the conduct of research involving all three of these areas.

All research involving humans, animals and/or biological agents/biohazardous materials conducted by faculty, staff or students, regardless of where the research is conducted, is subject to review and approval by the relevant ethics committee and /or its delegate ethics review committee in accordance with relevant guidelines, policies and regulations. It is the policy of the University that researchers conducting research involving human subjects, animals and/or biohazardous agents must obtain approval of their research from the relevant ethics committee prior to commencing research activities.

NOTE: Ethics approval is required regardless of whether the research is funded or not (this includes pilot and/or preliminary research)

The following links will provide you with an in-depth explanation of the research ethics review processes for research with:

Human Participants 


Biological Agents