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How do I respond to an REB request for clarifications?

If the Research Ethics Board (REB) requests clarifications about your application, the Principal Investigator (PI) and student lead will be notified via email. The email will include a Word document outlining the questions for clarification from the REB. You will need to save this document to your computer and then type your responses to the questions in the document (as noted in the email). Once finished, you will use the Attachments tab to attach the clarifications document to your application in IRIS.

You may also need to update your application in IRIS. When clarifications are requested, edit access will be granted to your research team for the application. You will find the application in the Applications: Requiring Attention link on the home page in IRIS. Remember, this link may be found under either the Role: Principal Investigator section or Role: Project Team Member section, depending on your role as noted in the file.

After you have edited your application and attached the Word document with your response to clarifications, the PI can resubmit the application. While all project team members can view and edit the application, only the PI is able to submit.

Applications with student leads or postdoctoral leads will require review and approval from their supervisor before resubmitting. While the student lead can make the edits and attach the response to clarifications document, only the supervisor (who will be noted as the PI on the application) can resubmit the application.

You will no longer have access to edit the application after it is resubmitted. If you need to make further edits to the application, you will need to contact the research ethics co-ordinator to return your application to you (see the IRIS support page for contact information).  This will delay the review of your application.