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Unformatted text preview: The Ethics Review Process (by Jennifer Theule; SCCP Student) Welcome to the HDAP Students Association - Ethics Review page! Weve tried to provide (or provide links to) all the information youll need to navigate your way through the ethics review process. The information is organized broadly under the following eight questions, just click on your question and voilayoull be getting ethical approval in no time! If youre totally new to this process, just start at the first question and work your way down, youll get it. If you have questions that arent being addressed any where on this page, please let us know, just email: hdapstudents@oise.utoronto.ca Good luck! 1. What is an ethics review? (The Basics) 2. What type of application should I submit? 3. How do I submit my application? Whats involved? 4. Ive submitted my application, now what? 5. What if I want to change something in my study after Ive already received ethical approval? 6. What criteria does the Ethics Review Committee use in evaluating my application? 7. What if I still need more information? 8. What should an ethics review protocol look like? What is an ethics review? / The Basics An ethics review is a process whereby your research is reviewed by a team of researchers in your (or a related) discipline to make sure that it conforms to a set of ethical standards (For more information on the standards used, please see question #5, What criteria does the Ethics Review Committee use in evaluating my application?). An ethics review is a process , which means that it takes time. Be patient. Leave yourself lots of time (2-3 months from the time youve completed the protocol) for your study to complete the process; some ethically sensitive studies have taken six months or more to get approval (although the average is six weeks). It will also take you about two weeks to a month to prepare the protocol. The Ethics Review Committee only meets once monthly to conduct full reviews. Some months (e.g., August) the review committee doesnt even meet. You probably should have started this yesterday. This process business also means that your study may undergo changes as a result of the ethical review. The Ethics Review Committee may make suggestions for changes, request more information, or just turn your application down. It is quite likely that you will have to resubmit your protocol with changes for it to receive approval. You may not be permitted to do the study that would perfectly answer your questions. Your study would have to have pretty impressive and definitive effects on the advancement of research for the committee to allow you to do things that involve more than a modicum of risk to participants. Be open to and prepared for the committees questions and suggestions. When thinking about your research its very easy to get caught up in your goals, but if you achieve some distance youll see that the well-being of your participants is more important than your research questions.the well-being of your participants is more important than your research questions....
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