Human research ethics

All research involving human participants requires review and approval by the Human Participant Research Committee (HPRC). This approval helps to provide a framework of respect and mutual understanding between the researcher and research participants to ensure they properly understand their respective roles, rights, and responsibilities.

Research that requires human research ethics approval:

  • Focus groups
  • Interviews
  • Surveys
  • Questionnaires
  • Participant observations
  • Psychological, social or behavioural interventions
  • Audio and/or video recordings


The University of Lethbridge adheres to the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans. For projects funded by CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC, the University also complies with the conditions of the Tri-Council Agreement on the Administration of Agency Grants and Awards by Research Institutions - Section 3.4: Research Involving Humans.


Requirements for ethics approval Training Guidelines & forms Participating in research



For research involving human participants, contact the Ethics Officer.