Acquire ethics approval

Learn about the requirements for ethics compliance for research involving human subjects or animals. This section will also provide you with links to helpful guides, forms, tools and policies.

Latest updates as of October 13, 2021

Summary Protocol Form (SPF)

Note that a new version of the SPF is now available for download. Please be reminded that you are required to use the latest version of the SPF when submitting a new protocol, a 5-year resubmission or an amendment request.

Secondary Use of Data Form (SUDF)

Please note that a new form, for Secondary Use of Data requests, is now available.  

Request to resume in-person research activities and the requirement for ethics approval

Please be reminded that while it is no longer required to submit a Request to Resume In-Person Research Activities to the Central Committee, unless your protocol involves a First Nations, Inuit or Metis peoples of Canada (Chapter 9 of TCPS-2) population, the requirement to obtain ethics approval for all research involving human participants and/or human derived data still stands.

Informed consent documentation

Please note that we have implemented important changes to the process for Participant Consent Documentation.

As always, all faculty ethics submissions must routed through Concordia’s electronic ConRAD system. Complete the ConRAD Ethics Submission Checklist.

All student ethics submissions must be sent to

The role of the Research Ethics Unit (Office of Research) is to:

  • Ensure the compliance and ethical integrity of all research done under the auspice of Concordia.
  • Ensure that all research is conducted in accordance with applicable regulations including international, federal and provincial law, as well as granting agency and Concordia policies.

Forms for research involving human participants


Forms for research involving animals

For information about the Animal Care Facility, visit Carrefour. Learn more about Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC).


Concordia policies


Other policies

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