Any research involving animals, biohazardous materials, chemicals, radioactive materials and environmental impacts must demonstrate that it is compliant with all applicable regulations and laws.
Animal Care Approval
Approval from a university Animal Care Committee is required for any research that involves animals, including the breeding of animals, pilot projects, or unfunded research.
As a principal investigator, your academic affiliation or your PHSA appointment will determin where you get your animal care committee approval. In most circumstances, when you do not have an academic affiliation you will use UBC's RISe application. Contact your site's REB representative for additional information.
Please note that BC Cancer Agency has additional requirements. BC Cancer Agency researchers can access information and forms on the BC Cancer Agency intranet.
Approval from a university Biosafety Committee is required for any research involving biohazardous material, including cultured animal cells, cell lines, recombinant DNA, plasmids, parasites, toxins, microorganisms (including viruses and bacteria), and primate body fluids (including blood), and PRIONS.
Like the animal care committee approval, biosafety committee approval depends on your academic affiliation.
Other safety requirements
There is university oversight on safety requirements including the use of chemicals or radioactive materials and environmental impacts. Check with your affiliated university for more information.
University of British Columbia – Risk Management Services
Simon Fraser University – Safety & Risk Services
University of Northern British Columbia – Safety & Risk Management
University of Victoria – Occupational Health, Safety & Environment
Project data security
People who volunteer to participate as subjects in research do so with the understanding that their identity and information will be adequately protected from inappropriate or accidental disclosure. It's essential that all PHSA researchers, staff, trainees and students who collect or access information about study participants follow appropriate steps for safeguarding this data.
Under BC privacy legislation, all researchers at PHSA must ensure the protection of their electronic research data. If your project involves the collection, use or disclosure of personal information, it will likely require a privacy review. If you are unsure, please contact your Research Ethics Board or PHSA's Research Privacy Advisor.
For more information on PHSA's privacy review process for research studies and Helpful Tips, see our Research Privacy at PHSA pages.