Human participants in research

The Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at McGill University is committed to the promotion of the highest ethical standards for research involving human participants.

Ethics review and approval of research involving human participants must be obtained prior to the commencement of a project, this includes undergraduate class projects/assignments. 

The FAES Research Ethics Board serves all units of the Faculty for research involving competent adults. Research involving participants under 18 or adults not competent to consent on their own must be submitted to the REB-III for review.  Research involving medically invasive measures, procedures or interventions must be submitted to the Faculty of Medicine REB for review.


Documents/Websites to Consult


Application Instructions


***New mandatory human research ethics training***

Starting January 15, 2016, all McGill students (undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral), faculty and 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 and using your McGill email address. 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.


Submissions are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Allow a minimum of 2-3 weeks for review of new applications.

Applications for new projects:

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. Scanned signatures are accepted. Applications must be sent from the researcher’s McGill email. Submit only  ONE file containing all necessary documents such as the application, recruitment information, consent forms etc.. The submission must be paginated with all appendices clearly labelled. 

Send the application to: lynda.mcneil [at]

Amendments, Renewals, Closures, Unanticipated Issues Forms:

The most recent version of the forms must be used. Submit by email. Do not send a hard copy. All signatures must be in place before submitting. Scanned signatures are accepted and the form must be sent from the researcher’s McGill email.

Send completed forms to: lynda.mcneil [at]

Contact Information:

For any questions regarding submissions or for guidance in filling out an application, please contact:

lynda.mcneil [at] (Lynda McNeil) (Manager, Research Ethics) at 514-398-6831 or by email. 


Education sessions are also offered to all interested departments/course instructors. Please contact Lynda McNeil for further information.


Chair, Research Ethics Board - FAES:
hope.weiler [at] (Professor Hope Weiler)