Research Ethics Board

Mohawk College Research Ethics Board Disruption Notice – UPDATE January 18, 2022

The activities of the MCREB, notably the review of research protocols in support of new/existing research studies, are temporarily suspended due to current labour disruptions. Researchers are encouraged to submit their protocols (per instructions below) and the REB Coordinator will be in touch. Once operations resume submitted protocols will be reviewed in the order they were submitted. Approved research can continue notwithstanding this disruption. If an amendment to an approved protocol is required it should be submitted through the process detailed on this site.

Mohawk College Research Ethics Board Response to COVID-19 – UPDATE August, 2021

The MCREB continues to conduct ethical review for all studies. Virtual or remote research is encouraged where appropriate. The approval and continuation of research activities are contingent on current Public Health regulation/requirement.

Limited research activities involving direct contact/face-to-face interactions may be conducted at this time. If face to face research activity is being sought on Mohawk Campuses, researchers are also advised to follow the guidelines articulated by the Academic Divisions where the research will be conducted, to obtain approval.

Principal Investigators (PIs) are responsible for ensuring that all members of the research team including students follow all public health regulations during the pandemic, to ensure safety of their teams. If face-to-face/in-person research is conducted please be aware that the review of your study may take a longer period.

Researchers may, also choose to change protocol to conduct research through non-contact methods (e.g., online, or by telephone). If changes will be made to the protocol or consent process to conduct the research through non-contact methods is adapted, researchers should submit an amendment form for REB review. Please contact reb.coordinator [at] for guidance. Additionally, please see the guide on the language to be used in the consent forms.

As the current situation is continually evolving, procedures may change. We will update this information as needed.

Kind regards.


View the Online Application Guide (Powerpoint)

The Mohawk College Research Ethics Board (MCREB) reviews ethics applications to ensure research studies meet the highest ethical standards of research involving human participants in accordance with Mohawk College’s Ethical Conduct in Research Involving Human Participants Policy PDF and the most current version of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans PDF. All research involving Mohawk College staff, students and Faculty, or their data, must be reviewed by the research ethics board whether occurring at the college or off site.

Please contact the reb.coordinator [at] (MCREB Coordinator) if you have any questions.

REB Submission

Dates for Protocol Submission

Please note: With the temporary suspension of REB activities, you will be contacted with more details once your protocol is submitted. Meetings are NOT held in the months of July and August.

Applications Submission Deadlines Meeting Dates
Ongoing TBD

Ethics applications and all supporting documents must be uploaded to the MCREB online review site by the fifteenth day of the month before the month of review, e.g. submit by September 15 for review in October. The REB meets once per month from September to June.  During the summer the REB conducts delegated electronic reviews for minimal risk studies.  


The ethics review process can take between 4 to 6 weeks from submission to approval depending on the volume of applications.  Ensure that your application form is detailed, complete and signed and that all supporting documents have been included.


Is REB Review Required?

TCPS 2 exempts from REB review quality assurance activities on the basis that such studies do not meet the TCPS 2 definition for research when those activities are “used exclusively for assessment, management or improvement purposes” (Article 2.5).

The A pRoject Ethics Community Consensus Initiative (ARECCI) web-based Ethics Screening Tool can help you determine whether your study requires review by the MCREB.


The Mohawk College Research Ethics Board would like to orient ourselves by acknowledging our gratitude for the Indigenous lands and relationships that have sustained our livelihood on this continent. We acknowledge that this territory is governed by the Dish with One Spoon and Upper Canada Treaty agreements and that our name of Mohawk College comes from the Mohawk Nation which is one of the Six Haudenosaunee Nations united in peace on this territory. We would like to acknowledge that as an Ethics Board we recognize that this territory is still home to a flourishing and vibrant community of Indigenous peoples and we are dedicated to fulfilling our agreement of inclusivity and reverence for their consultation and contributions.