Submission Process

Determining which REB to apply to

Researchers normally apply to the REB based on their unit or faculty affiliation.
The Research Ethics Board-I (REB-I) serves the following areas: Faculty of Law, Faculty of Arts except Linguistics, Social Work and the School of Information Studies, Faculty of Engineering, Desautels Faculty of Management, School of Continuing Studies, Faculty of Religious Studies,Faculty of Science except Psychology, and any other unit not covered by the REB-II, for the review of research involving competent adults.
Chair: Prof. Sarah Turner
The Research Ethics Board-II (REB-II) serves the following areas:Linguistics, Psychology, Schulich School of Music, School of Social Work, School of Information Studies and the Faculty of Education, for research involving competent adults.
Chair: Prof. Blaine Ditto
The Research Ethics Board-III (REB-III) serves all faculties except the Faculties of Medicine and Dentistry for the review of research involving minors or adults not competent to consent, including research that falls under Article 21 of the Quebec Civil Code.
Chair: Prof. Roy Lyster
Exceptions to the above - Research involving medically invasive measures, procedures or interventions must be submitted to the Faculty of Medicine REB for review. Research that will involve recruitment from, or will be conducted within, one of the following McGill affiliated institutions, must be reviewed by the REB of that institution (MUHC, Douglas, CRIR, St.Mary’s Hospital Centre, Jewish General Hospital). Always call the REB Office if in doubt about which REB to apply to.

Application Instructions 

***Required human research ethics training*** - All  Principal Investigator applicants, whether McGill students (undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral), faculty or staff, must have completed the Tri-Council Policy Statement2 (TCPS2) online tutorial  BEFORE submitting an application for review or a renewal request.  Supervisors of student applicants will also be required to complete the tutorial before submission for review. To complete the online tutorial go to the TCPS2 Course on Research Ethics (CORE) website ( and create an account selecting McGill as your institution. Completion can then be verified online by the REB office. You will also be able to print a certificate of completion for your records. The tutorial is available in English and French.  
New applications: The most recent version of the application on this website must be used. Older versions will not be accepted. Applications MUST be submitted by email. Do not send a hard copy. All signatures must be in place before the application is submitted. Digital or scanned signatures are accepted. Applications must be sent from the researcher’s McGill email. Send applications for REB-I and II to Deanna Collin (deanna [dot] collin [at] mcgill [dot] ca).  Send applications for REB-III to Lynda McNeil (lynda [dot] mcneil [at] mcgill [dot] ca). Submit only  ONE document containing all necessary documents such as the application, recruitment information, consent forms etc.  in Word or pdf. The submission must be paginated with all appendices clearly labelled.
Amendments, Renewals, Closures, Unanticipated Issues/Adverse Event Reports:  The most recent version of the forms must be used. Go to the Forms section to obtain the relevant form. Submit by email. Do not send a hard copy. All signatures must be in place before submitting. Digital or scanned signatures are accepted and the form must be sent from the researcher’s McGill email. Send to Lynda McNeil (lynda [dot] mcneil [at] mcgill [dot] ca).
Submission Deadlines 
New applications and amendments expected to involve no more than minimal risk can be submitted at any time. Minimal risk research may be done by a delegated review rather than by a full board review. Allow a minimum of 3-4 weeks for review of new applications. Minimal risk research is defined as 'if potential participants can reasonably be expected to regard the probability and magnitude of possible harms implied by participation in the research to be no greater than those encountered by the participant in those aspects of his/her everyday life that relate to the research, then the research can be regarded as within the range of minimal risk’.
Proposals involving greater than minimal risk, and most proposals involving minors, require a full board meeting review. Meetings are held approximately 3 weeks after the submission deadline dates listed below. Please note there are no full board meetings held in July.




Monday, August 14, 2017 Monday, August 14, 2017
Monday, August 14, 2017

Monday, Sept.25, 2017

Monday, Sept.18, 2017 Monday, Sept.11, 2017
Monday, Oct.30,  2017 Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 Monday, Oct. 23, 2017

Help With Submissions 

Do you have questions? Need advice? Have a draft application you would like reviewed?
You can drop by for a consultation without an appointment on any Wednesday, from 2-4 p.m at the REB Office (REB-I,II,III,FAES) located in the James Administration Bldg. rm 325.
***There will be no drop in on Wednesday, June 14, 2017***