The BUREC is a sub-committee of the Senate Research Committee and adheres to the following documents:
- Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS2-2022)
- Brandon University Policy on Research Involving Humans (revised October 2020)
- Brandon University Research Ethics Committee (BUREC) Policies & Procedures (revised November 2023)
- BUREC Non-Compliance Policy and Procedures (approved May 2017)
Standard Operating Procedures and Other Guidance Documents:
- Informed Consent Guidance
- Confidentiality Agreement – Research Assistant – Template (optional)
- Panel on Research Ethics – Guidance on Material Incidental Findings: Applying Article 3.4 of the TCPS2-2018
- SOP: Data Security, Transporting Data, and Data Retention (new August 2020)
- SOP: Endpoint for an Ethics Certificate and Reporting Requirements (new August 2020)
- SOP: Seeking Consent from Minor Participants (new August 2020)
- SOP: Registering Clinical Trials with Clinicaltrials.gov (new June 2018)
- SOP: Reporting Unanticipated Issues and Events (revised June 2020)
All research, class projects, undergraduate and graduate theses that involve human participants must receive approval from BUREC before any data collection begins.
If you are unsure as to whether or not your research project requires ethics approval, please complete the Ethics Exemption Inquiry Form and send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did You Know…
The “Did You Know” series offers guidance to the interpretation of specific Articles in the TCPS2-2018 and/or the BUREC Policies and Procedures, and calls attention to resource documents that can assist researchers when preparing their ethics application. Much of the information provided comes directly from the TCPS2-2018 – Interpretations, (Panel on Research Ethics, TCPS2 Interpretations, March 2021).
- Did You Know – Material Incidential Findings
- Did You Know – Sensitive Data Toolkit
- Did You Know – Informed Consent Guidance
- Did You Know – Course-based Research Activities
- Did You Know – Auto-ethnographic Research
- Did You Know – Seeking Consent from Children is not Based on Age
- Did You Know – Continuing Research Ethics Review, Reports, Extensions, and Compliance
- Did You Know – Confidentiality Agreement Template – Research Assistant
- Did you Know – Clarification for Auto-ethnographic Course-based Activities
Additional Ethics Resources:
Effective January 1, 2023, a Principal Investigator must demonstrate completion of the most current TCPS CORE Tutorial by providing a copy of the Certificate of Completion as an appendix with each new application. The TCPS: CORE 2022 consists of 9 self-paced modules. After completing all modules, successful completion of a knowledge consolidation exercise is required (correctly answering a minimum of 20 of the 25 questions) to receive a Certificate of Completion.
- Canadian Association of Research Ethics Boards (CAREB)
- First Nations Information Governance Centre
- Portage Network: Sensitive Data Expert Group
- Community-Based Research Canada – Practical Toolkits