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Mandate of the Research Ethics Board

In acknowledgement of the concept that the foundation of ethical research is good research, the CSMLS Research Ethics Board (REB) has both instructive and ethics review roles. It reviews all CSMLS research projects in which human subjects are involved for their ethical soundness and for their potential to contribute to the body of knowledge about the health professions.

The REB has the authority to approve, disapprove, propose modifications to, or terminate any proposed or ongoing research involving human subjects conducted within, or by members of, the CSMLS. The CSMLS may choose to authorize its REB to accept the review decision of other REBs constituted under the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Human Subjects (TCPS).

It is also possible that the CSMLS REB may be called upon to review outside requests for ethics review if the submission involves a project for which CSMLS has a partnership or stakeholder role.

REB approval is not required for access to publicly available information or materials, nor for CSMLS document analysis and non-research activities. The REB reports directly to the CSMLS Chief Executive Officer.

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