Human Ethics

Research Office

** IMPORTANT:  During COVID there are specific requirements for Research Ethics applications and amendments for both on-line and in-person research.  Please see the Research Memo #7 - Research Ethics Process during COVID-19 to understand these requirements, as well as the Face-to-Face Checklist required for research with any in-person contact with participants or research personnel.

** PLEASE NOTE:  All faculty members and graduate students must use the WebGrants on-line application forms (WebGrants Forms and Access).  If you have not yet been set up as a WebGrants user, please contact the Research Office for log-in information at:

** REMINDER:  University of Winnipeg Policy on Human Research Ethics Education Training

Please read the policy document for details and timelines for completion. Policy on Human Research Ethics Education Training [PDF]. Questions and comments may be directed to the UHREB by contacting

Please refer to this webpage for updates to forms, policies and procedures.

Panel on Research Ethics Launches the TCPS 2 Tutorial

In May, 2011, the Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics announced the launch of a new, online tutorial, TCPS 2: Course on Research Ethics (CORE). CORE was designed to support the Canadian research community’s implementation of the 2nd edition of the Tri-council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2) released in December, 2010.

All faculty involved in human participatory research, and particularly those who serve on departmental ethics committees, must complete the new online tutorial. The University Human Research Ethics Board will provide further outreach activities in order to familiarize the UW research community with new policies and guidelines found in the TCPS 2.


TCPS 2 :  CORE - Tutorial

University Human Research Ethics Board (UHREB) - Terms of Reference (DOC)

University Human Research Ethics Board (UHREB) - Policies and Procedures (PDF)

Policies and procedures that must be followed by all researchers conducting research using human subjects.

"Revised June 2017.  Please contact the Research office for updates on the Policies and Procedures at".

** IMPORTANT NOTE **  Category B - Ethics Checklist

"For undergraduate student use only.  All faculty and graduate students must use the WebGrants application forms for new submissions."

University Human Ethics Research Board (UHREB) - Category 'B' Student Ethics Checklist (PDF)

[Category B - includes all research/scholarship not exempted from ethics review]

Consent Form Checklist and Template

*NEW* Consent Form Template - Oral History

Departmental Ethics Committee (DEC) Review (DOC)

Consent Form Checklist and Psychology Departmental Ethics Committee Review (For:  PsychologStudents ONLY) (PDF)

University Human Research Ethics Board (UHREB) - Request Change to Existing Ethics Protocol (DOC)

University Human Research Ethics Board (UHREB) Final Report (PDF)

University Human Research Ethics Board (UHREB) Adverse Event Report (PDF)

Request Waiver of Consent - Secondary Use of Data (DOC)

Scope of Work Requiring Ethics Review (PDF)

Federalwide (FWA) Assurance - United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP)

Guidance for Research Using Crowd-Sourcing (PDF)

Useful Links

Submission Deadlines and Meeting Dates

The deadline for Full Review (i.e., greater than minimal risk) submissions to be considered at each meeting of the UHREB is normally set for two weeks (10 working days) in advance of the meeting date. This allows sufficient time for distribution of copies and for committee members to read proposals. Submissions received after a deadline, but before the associated meeting, will not be reviewed until the subsequent meeting. To avoid delays, please ensure that your submission is complete, all ethical issues have been addressed fully, and your Departmental Ethics Committee has had sufficient time to complete its review so that you can submit your application to the Research Office by the deadline.

The complete submission must reach the Research Office by 4:00 p.m. on the deadline date in order to be reviewed at the scheduled meeting. Delegated (formerly “Expedited”) minimal-risk reviews may be submitted anytime.

Submission Deadlines

Meeting Dates


NOTE: The UHREB does not meet during July and August.  However, if your application is minimal-risk you may submit it for delegated review during these months.  Timelines will vary depending on reviewers' availability.