Human research ethics

As of November 1, the University of Lethbridge is without a Human Participant Research Committee Chair (HPRC) and a dedicated human research ethics compliance officer.   We are pleased to advise that the human participant research studies of our faculty and students undertake will not be stalled or delayed, even though the operations of the HPRC are on hold.  The University of Alberta has generously agreed to expand its ethics support for UL researchers from all human health research to all human participant research conducted by UL faculty and students. Very importantly, the Research Ethics Office (REO) has offered to work with us using our existing REB application forms for all research that does not require review by the Health Research Ethics Board (HREB) administered by the UA at least until January 2022.  

Until further notice, please follow these processes:

If your research involves patients, health care personnel, facilities or resources, recipients of health care services and/or access to health information under the control of a data custodian (as defined in the Health Information Act of Alberta) whether or not it has been reviewed by the REB at another institution, you will continue to apply to HREB using the UA online system (see the instructions below for Health Research – Existing Process)

For all other human participant research including new studies AND amendments and renewals for already approved studies, please complete the applicable UL ethics application forms available and send them and all relevant attachments to Senior staff in the Research Ethics Office will manage the pre-review and communication with the applicants and REB members. Any general questions about ethics requirements and review processes should also be sent to To assist with the transition, we will be inviting two of our current HPRC members to work with the Research Ethics Office and its REB.  

Student Researchers: As per existing UL processes, UL students should name themselves as Principal Investigator and have their supervisors listed and sign off on their applications for REB review. 

Health Research - Existing Process

University of Lethbridge researchers conducting health research (as defined above) will use the ARISE system to apply to HREB. To use the ARISE system, applicants will first need to request a Guest CCID from the University of Alberta Research Ethics Office. Complete the "create new person ID form" and email it to If you are planning on submitting an application for review or require a renewal or amendment to your existing protocol, please request a guest CCID as soon as possible because it takes 1-2 business days to process the request.

Student Researchers:  For HREB applications, UL students must be listed as a Co-Investigator with their supervisor named as the Principal Investigator of the ethics application in ARISE.

Additional resources are below and questions about working in ARISE can be sent to

Please reach out to if you have any other questions or concerns.  
Thank you in advance for your assistance and cooperation during this transition. We and our colleagues at the University of Alberta are doing everything we can to make this as easy as possible.


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,