The Research Ethics Committee at ÉTS

Please note that ÉTS’s Research Ethics Committee is continuing to assess new projects and follow up on approved projects.

Special measures for approved research projects involving human participants (PDF, in French)

Questions of ethics are at the heart of university research. They are also an assurance of the respectability and the credibility of an institution and its researchers. This is why ÉTS has put in place a Research Ethics Committee: it must ensure that the work of its researchers respects the principles and standards generally recognized by society and the granting agencies as well as other organizations in the research community.

The Research Ethics Committee’s Mandate

The Research Ethics Committee (in French, the Comité d’éthique de la recherche or CÉR) assesses the ethical acceptability of any research projects conducted with human participants and carried out by ÉTS researchers, students and/or employees, regardless of where the research takes place. To do this, it applies the ÉTS Research Ethics Policy (in French, PDF), the Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS2-2014) (external site) as well as standards in force in Québec and Canada.

Under the policy, the ÉTS Research Ethics Committee may:

  • Conditionally approve a project for which the ethical acceptability is deemed insufficient (recommendations will be issued with a view to correcting the situation);
  • Approve unconditionally a project for which the ethical acceptability is considered satisfactory;
  • Refuse a project that is not ethically acceptable;
  • Terminate a current research project, if it no longer meets fundamental ethical principles.

It is also responsible for:

  • Ensuring continuous monitoring of all approved research projects;
  • Receiving complaints from participants, when the problem raised cannot be settled directly with the principal investigator (the person in charge of the research);
  • Taking adequate measures to deal with conflicts of interest in connection with the research projects evaluated;
  • Authorizing the release of research funds.

The CÉR also ensures that research projects carried out using animals or with hazardous biological substances have obtained a Certificate of Compliance before the work begins.

How to Submit a Project to the Research Ethics Committee 

If you wish to submit a file to the Research Ethics Committee, we invite you to communicate with the Coordinator to learn about the procedures that apply to your project:

Deadlines for presenting a file

  • August 28, 2020 (to be evaluated at the September 11, 2020 meeting)
  • September 25, 2020 (to be evaluated at the October 8, 2020 meeting )
  • October 23, 2020 (to be evaluated at the November 5, 2020 meeting)
  • November 20, 2020 (to be evaluated at the December 3, 2020 meeting)

Do You Need Assistance in the Area of Research Ethics?

Do you have questions about your research project and its ethics assessment? The CÉR can help. Whether you’re a faculty member, a researcher or a student, don’t hesitate to contact the Coordinator to discuss your research project and its ethics assessment.

Does your student project require recruiting human participants? You will need to take the ethics training offered by the CÉR’s Coordinator. This training will introduce you to the fundamental ethical principles you will need to respect throughout your research project. 

You can also deepen your knowledge using these online tutorials: 

Members of the Committee  

Mathias Glaus, Professor of Construction Engineering
Mandate valid until 2021

Vice President
Sylvie Ratté, Professor of Software Engineering and Information Technology
Mandate valid until 2020

Member Knowledgeable in Law 
Johane de Champlain, Jurist
Mandate valid until 2021

Member Knowledgeable in Ethics 
Céline Durand, Ethicist
Mandate valid until 2019

Member of the Community 
Atousa Pourfard
Mandate valid until 2021

Coordinator (non-voting member)
Laurence Marck, Research Officer with the Office of the Dean of Research 

Would you like to join the CÉR? 

The CÉR is searching for a community member as well as substitute members to complete its team. If you would like to join, please send your curriculum vitae and a cover letter to the CÉR Coordinator.