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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 February 16, 2023

Summary Protocol Form (SPF)

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 form, for Secondary Use of Data requests, is now available.  

Informed consent documentation

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

TCPS CORE Certification

All student and faculty researchers conducting research involving human participants or human derived data must complete this certification. A copy of your certification is required in order to finalize all new protocols, amendment requests, renewals, etc.

You may complete your TCPS CORE Certification by visiting:

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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