Research Ethics and Protections

Animals in Research

The use of animals for research, teaching or testing at the University of Toronto is subject to ethical and legal requirements under Ontario’s Animals for Research Act, and the federal Canadian Council on Animal Care. The fewest number of animals are used when necessary under conditions that ensure their proper care and welfare. More

Humans in Research

Research involving human participants conducted by faculty members and graduate students under the auspices of the University of Toronto must be reviewed and approved by a University of Toronto Research Ethics Board (REB) prior to its commencement. More

NOTE TO PROSPECTIVE RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS: Social media and online advertising sites have become common ways that participants are recruited into research studies. Sometimes it is difficult to figure out whether a study claiming to be from the University of Toronto really is.

No advertising, recruitment or participation in a University of Toronto-approved research study will ask you for sensitive documentation such as your driver’s license, passport information, provincial health card number, social insurance number or personal banking information (e.g. PayPal account, credit card number, bank account information).

If you see such an ad asking for any of these, please report it to the Research Oversight and Compliance Office at 416-946-3273 or ethics.review@utoronto.ca. 

Training and Resources

Here you will find a library of modules, downloads, training information, and reference resources to help you plan and develop your research. More

Ethical Conduct of Research

The University of Toronto’s Policy on Ethical Conduct in Research sets “the highest standards of ethical conduct in every aspect of research including applications, proposals, the research itself, reports and publications” as an expectation of all members of the University. Information about research protections is available. More

Biosafety

Access to Faculty, Students and Staff for Research Purposes

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