What we do

Fanshawe's Research Ethics Board (REB) is accountable to ensure any and all research involving human subjects conforms to the ethical standards outlined in College Policy A201 - Research and Innovation. The REB helps ensure ethical principles are used in research projects involving human subjects. When research involves humans or human biological material, there are several guiding ethical principles:

  • Respect for human dignity;
  • Respect for free and informed consent;
  • Respect for vulnerable persons;
  • Respect for privacy and confidentiality;
  • Respect for justice and inclusiveness;
  • Balancing harms and benefits - minimizing harm, maximizing benefit.  

The REB serves the Fanshawe College research community as a consultative body, and thus contributes to education in research ethics. It also has responsibility for independent, multidisciplinary review of the ethics of research to determine if research projects should start or continue.

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Application Procedure

One copy of the signed application and supporting documentation should be delivered or emailed to REB Coordinator Wanda Anderson (w_anderson10@fanshawec.ca) on or before the scheduled submission deadline. Faxed applications are not accepted. Any application that is received after a submission deadline will be considered at the next available REB meeting. Incomplete applications will be returned for completion.

Submission requirements

  • Completed and signed application including the submission checklist.
  • A copy of all final research instruments (e.g. interview questions, telephone scripts, survey questions, etc.)
  • A copy of all final documentation/correspondence (e.g. consent forms, information letters, recruitment posters, recruitment correspondence such as letters, emails, texts, etc.)


Submission Deadlines and Meeting Dates 

Although the Board does not officially meet in July and August, REB applications can be sent to Wanda Anderson at w_anderson10@fanshawec.ca who will organize a review.

Regularly scheduled meetings are as follows:


Submission deadlines for above minimal risk applications Meeting date
Monday, August 29, 2022 Thursday, September 8, 2022
Monday, October 3, 2022 Thursday, October 13, 2022
Monday, October 31, 2022 Thursday, November 10, 2022
Monday, November 28, 2022 Thursday, December 8, 2022
Monday, January 2, 2023 Thursday, January 12, 2023
Monday, January 30, 2023 Thursday, February 9, 2023
Monday, February 27, 2023 Thursday, March 9, 2023
Monday, April 3, 2023 Thursday, April 13, 2023
Monday, May 1, 2023 Thursday, May 11, 2023
Monday, May 29, 2023 Thursday, June 8, 2023


In order for your above minimal risk application to be considered, the REB Coordinator must receive the signed and dated application and all supporting documentation a minimum of 10 calendar days prior to the meeting.



Forms and Guidelines

REB Informed Consent Guidelines (PDF)

Application for a Research Ethics Board (REB) Review (MS Word)

Ontario Community College Multi-site REB Application Form (MS Word)

REB Amendment/Extension Form (MS Word)

REB Annual Review/Status Update Form (MS Word)

Research Ethics Review Guidelines for Applicants (MS Word)


Additional Resources

Expert Panel

Researchers can submit the Ontario Community College Multi-Site application along with the Researcher Agreement to the Expert Panel. Scroll down to find forms and contacts.

The Expert Panel will review the Multi-Site application and if needed, works with the researcher if revisions/additions are necessary. Once deemed ethically acceptable, a letter of recommendation for approval is sent to the researcher. The researcher will send the ethically sound application along with the recommendation for approval letter to each of the institution’s ethics board being involved in the research.


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Contact Us

The Research Ethics Board should be advised of and consulted on any proposed project involving human subjects.

Steve Crema, REB Chair
Room T3010, 1001 Fanshawe College Blvd.
London, ON  N5Y 5R6
E-Mail: screma@fanshawec.ca


Wanda Anderson, REB Coordinator
1001 Fanshawe College Blvd.
London, ON N5Y 5R6
E-Mail: w_anderson10@fanshawec.ca