Office of Research Ethics

The University of Lethbridge is committed to maintaining high standards, and requires that all research, teaching, and testing conducted by its members conform to the highest ethical and scientific standards with respect to the use of animals, human participants, radioisotopes and biohazards.  Any research, teaching or testing conducted using University facilities, or undertaken by individuals connected to the University involving animals, human participants, radioisotopes, and biohazards must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate University Committee.

As a signatory to the Agreement on the Administration of Agency Grants and Awards by Research Institutions with the federal granting agencies, namely the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the University of Lethbridge is required to withhold access to funding for research using human participants or animals until ethics approval has been granted by the appropriate review committee.  Funds may be released, on a pro-rated basis, if the activities involving human participants or animals will only take place in a future fiscal year and the methodology still needs to be determined.  The University has in place a two-stage process for the release of agency funding for research projects prior to ethics review, as well as a process for emerging certification if, during the course of a grant, the research changes enough to require ethics certification.

Release of Agency Funding for Research Projects Prior to Ethics Review

Emerging Certification_Requirement for Ethics Review


Request for the Release of Funding Prior to Ethics Review

Requests for the release of funds prior to ethics review may be made by completing the Request for the Release of Funding Prior to Ethics Review Form, and submitting it to Susan Entz at or as a hard copy to Susan Entz in the Office of Research Ethics.

Request for the Release of Funding Prior to Ethics Review Form



For research involving animals or human participants, contact:

Susan Entz, Ethics Officer
Office of Research Ethics
Phone: (403) 329-2747

For research involving radioisotopes or biohazards, contact:

Carolin Cattoi-Demkiw, Manager, Safety
Risk & Safety Services
Phone: (403) 329-2350
Cellular: (403) 332-2350