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Please note: If you are a Faculty of Health Sciences researcher, or are doing research involving patients, staff, resources or facilities at a McMaster affiliated hospital, please contact the Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board (HiREB).

There is no deadline to submit applications to the McMaster Research Ethics Board.

Notice Regarding MacREM Transition


Please note: Effective October 26, 2018, MREB will no longer accept submissions for new studies using the Word-based MREB forms. All submissions for new studies will need to be submitted using MacREM, https://macrem.mcmaster.ca/. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to submit their research ethics applications prior to October 26 using MacREM.

Effective immediately, undergraduate students as well as submissions for course-based research are required to submit their applications using MacREMWord-based forms submissions for undergraduate research and course-based research will no longer be accepted.

For more information about MacREM including available in-person training drop-in sessions, online training materials and contacts visit the our MacREM page.

Prior to your ethics expiry date you will receive an Annual Report reminder that will include instructions on how to transfer your file to MacREM. Amendments to active applications on the old system will be made on MacREM using the Transfer Amendment form. Contact the Ethics Office for assistance or instructions on transferring your application to MacREM in order to make an amendment.

Master record PDF applications that are over 25MB will not be emailed with instructions to transfer to MacREM. These applications will be created for applicants directly on MacREM.