Ethics Approval

Does your science fair project involve humans or animals? 

If so, you will need to obtain ethics approval in order to qualify for VDSF (and GVRSF).

 


What do I need to do? 

  1. Use the INTERACTIVE ETHICS FLOWCHART to find out which policies and procedures apply to your project.

  2. Do you need to obtain INFORMED CONSENT from your participants? If so, write a Letter of Information and print out permission forms to give to your participants. You can download both documents below.

  3. Do you need to submit a RESEARCH PLAN? If so, download and complete the template below and e-mail it to the regional ethics committee at vdsfethics@gvrsf.ca.

  4. Ask your teacher supervisor to sign off on your project by filling out the appropriate APPROVAL FORM (download 4.1A, 4.1B, or 4.1C below). Make TWO copies of this form — give one to your teacher supervisor and bring the other with you to VDSF.

  5. IMPORTANT! Fill out a REQUEST FOR ADVICE OR RULING FORM and e-mail this to the regional ethics chair at vdsfethics@gvrsf.ca — include your teacher supervisor on this e-mail as well. If your project involves human subjects, attach your letter of information and consent forms to the e-mail request for review.

  6. Check your registration status on vdsf.sfiab.com to see if you have been granted ethics approval.

Ethics deadlines

INFORMED CONSENT (permission forms) before the end of the experiment (completed forms are to be kept by the teacher supervisor in a secure place and shredded after the fair)
FORM 4.1A, 4.1B, 4.1C complete and sign form at least 1 week before VDSF (bring a copy with you)
E-MAIL REQUEST TO ETHICS COMMITTEE before registering for VDSF (GVRSF recommends at least 4 weeks before the fair)

NOTE: it takes 1-2 weeks to get a reply but you can proceed with the rest of the registration in the meantime

 

 

 


Ethics Forms 

INFORMED CONSENT

Letter of Information (docx) | Letter of Information SAMPLE (pdf)

Participant Permission Form (docx) | If you want to minimize the number of forms, try this Group Participant Permission Form (docx) NOTE: This form is formatted for legal sized paper

FORMS FOR REGIONAL ETHICS COMMITTEE

Research Plan template (doc)

Request for Advice or Ruling form (doc)

APPROVAL FORMS

*** NOTE: These forms are currently being updated. Please check back in October 2018. ***

Form 4.1A Humans – low risk (doc) | Form 4.1B Humans-high risk (doc) | Form 4.1A Vertebrates & Cephalopods (doc)

 


Links to Ethics Resources

NOTE: VDSF follows the same ethics guidelines as the regional and Canada-wide science fairs.

Do you plan to use humans or animals in your science fair project? — GVRSF interactive flowchart

Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair ethics guidelines

Youth Science Canada ethics policies

 

[Last updated: Sept. 18, 2018]