Research Ethics Board

Research Ethics Board

The primary and clear purpose of the Markham Stouffville Hospital Research Ethics Board (MSH REB) is to protect the rights, safety and well-being of patients involved in studies at our Markham or Uxbridge sites. The MSH REB is responsible for:

  1. Ensuring that research protocols meet with current safety, scientific, ethical and privacy standards
  2. Making certain that all MSH research activities are aligned with the best interests of the community it serves, the MSH researchers and the hospital’s mandate

The role of the MSH REB is to “approve, reject, propose modification to, or terminate any proposed or ongoing research involving humans” (TCPS2, Article 6.3).

The REB may sometimes be required to review quality improvement projects at MSH. To find out more, see the Quality improvement and research page.

The MSH REB is currently composed of 16 voting members and three non-voting members. See the REB list of members.

Applying for and submitting a research study

Applying for and submitting a research study to the MSH REB is a simple process, supported by the Office of Research. Simply email in order to receive the following forms:

  • REB Application – Toronto Academic Health Science Network (TAHSN), adapted for human participants 
  • REB Application – TAHSN adapted for retrospective chart reviews 
  • Informed Consent Form Template 
  • Informed Consent Form Checklist 

Complete the appropriate forms and submit them by email to and/or drop off the hard copy to the Office of Research, on the 1st floor of building A, in the administration offices, room A1709.

Please feel free to contact or 905-472-7373 ext. 6253 with any of your research ethics questions.

The REB meets on the second Thursday of each month and submissions are due on the last calendar day of each month for review at the next month’s meeting.

Minimal risk studies for delegated REB review and approval can be submitted at any time of the month.

A study of “minimal risk” research is defined as research in which the probability and magnitude of possible harms implied by participation in the research is no greater than those encountered by participants in those aspects of their everyday life that relate to the research (Article 6.2, TCPS2).

Other useful information

Please see below some documentation that is useful when preparing a research application to MSH. The MSH REB Submission Checklist outlines all of the necessary documentation required for study submission.