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Research Ethics During a Pandemic

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UWinnipeg’s Ethics Information and Policies 

  • UWinnipeg Research FAQ & Memos: Important updates regarding research activities (including fieldwork and research ethics) outlined in the linked memos here:

    UWinnipeg Research Memo #3: Research Ethics in Pandemic  
    In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the University Human Research Ethics Board (UHREB) advises investigators to consider if their research protocols could be modified or delayed to limit personal contacts, laboratory visits, or trips into clinics and hospitals. Specifically, in some research settings in-person participant interactions should be reduced and/or replaced with telephone or online communication. This is particularly important if students are involved. Considerations include: the nature of your protocol, the type of participants engaged in the research, and any additional risk that may arise by switching from in-person to virtual communication. Revised participant consents or consent addendums may be required (e.g., to update privacy considerations with use of different communication channels).

Federal Ethics Guidelines

Internet-Based Research Ethics: General

Note: Some of the information on this webpage is specific to McMaster University, though some responses are relevant to all researchers in Canada.


Internet-Based Research Ethics: By Topic

Consent for Online Research

Note: Some of the information on this webpage is specific to McMaster University, though some responses are relevant to all researchers in Canada. 

De-Identifying Data