Ethics Review


The Office of Human Research Ethics (OHRE), on behalf of Western’s Research Ethics Boards (REB), manages the approval and monitoring process for the use of humans in research at Western University and its affiliated hospitals and research institutes. All research with human participants conducted by faculty, staff and students must be approved by a Western University Research Ethics Board before the research begins.

NOTE Upcoming Changes: The Office of Human Research Ethics will launch WesternREM, its new online protocol submission platform on September 7, 2017. The system will replace ROMEO, which is in use until that time. WesternREM is being implemented to streamline the human ethics submission process, and to allow users to better track a protocol’s progress through its review. More information on this is available on the OHRE website and on this blog.

Ethics Applications: All applications for ethics approval for research with human participants must be submitted online through ROMEO (generally using the Non-Medical form) for consideration by the Non-Medical Research Ethics Board (NMREB).  As each new application is received by the NMREB, it will be assessed for level of risk and designated for delegated review (minimal risk) or for review by the Full Board. Many applications from the Faculties of Information and Media Studies, Law and Music are eligible for delegated review as they involve very low risk procedures and adult participants. Any application that is set for delegated review will be reviewed by one reviewer from the researcher’s faculty.

The Office of Human Research Ethics has resources to help with ROMEO submissions. If you require assistance with ROMEO please contact the Romeo helpdesk at ext. 83059 or 519-661-3059 or email  Also available on the Office of Human Research Ethics website are templates for Letters of Information & Consent, recruitment etc.

Revisions to Approved Ethics Proposals: All revisions/ amendments to ongoing studies must be sent to the Office of Human Research Ethics through ROMEO.



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 See also related ethics postings on this blog.

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