McMaster University

McMaster University

Ethics in Research

All research involving human or animal subjects, biohazardous materials, radioactive substances, or controlled goods and/or technology must receive the appropriate clearance before the research may begin. This includes projects that involve:

  • human participants, their records or tissues;
  • animals and their tissues;
  • biohazardous materials (e.g. viruses, bacteria or yeast, cancer or immortalized cell lines, parasites, toxins of a biological origin, plant or aquatic pathogens);
  • nuclear substances and radiation devices; or
  • controlled goods (e.g. weapons, ammunition, explosives, weapon design and testing equipment, missile technology, technology necessary for the development, production or use of a controlled good).

Additional information about McMaster certifications and clearances can be obtained by visiting the following websites:

All research projects involving human or animal subjects, or biological material, require the approval of one or more Research Ethics Boards or Committees.

U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) - Financial Conflict of Interest Requirements

Are you applying to a funding agency that falls under the U.S. Public Health Service Regulations? If so, a Declaration and Disclosure form concerning Financial Conflict of Interest must be completed, as well as completion of an on-line tutorial to demonstrate compliance with the requirements of the PHS. For further details regarding the requirements and access to the disclosure form, please go to our Forms page:

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