Research Ethics

Notice: The Sunnybrook Research Ethics Board general phone line has changed to include a “6” at the beginning its extension (416-480-6100 ext. 6-88144).

For REB-approved studies – Please update all applicable research study documents (e.g. consent forms, recruitment material, etc.) to reflect this change at the time of the next REB amendment submission. Prior to approval of this amendment, please notify participants of this change verbally and/or by writing the updated extension on the applicable study documents.

For new studies – Please ensure all applicable study documents include the updated phone extension. The current Informed Consent Form Template includes the updated extension and can be found here)

Welcome to the online support hub for research ethics at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. This webpage provides resources to support the ethical conduct of research involving humans at Sunnybrook and information about the services and activities of the Sunnybrook Research Ethics Board (REB).  The content of the webpage is updated frequently to ensure the information therin reflects current practices, policies and guidelines.

The Research Ethics Office, as part of the Human Research Protections Program, coordinates and supports the activities of the Sunnybrook's REB. The mandate of Sunnybrook's REB is to ensure that all research involving human participants or human biological materials that is conducted within or on behalf of Sunnybrook meet the current scientific, regulatory and ethical standards for the protection of human research participants. To this end, the REB ensures that safeguards are in place to provide the greatest possible protection to patients and members of the community who act as research participants.

You are encouraged to contact research ethics for guidance with completing REB applications or for clarification regarding any information posted on the research ethics web pages.


For general inquiries, please contact the Research Ethics Office:


PHONE: 416-480-6100 ext. 688144

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