Certifications and Clearances
All research involving human or animal subjects, biohazardous materials, radioactive substances, or controlled goods and/or technology must receive clearance from a McMaster ethics, animal-care, biohazards, radiation safety or controlled goods review board before research can 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:
Research may require an environmental assessment if it:
- takes place outside an office or a laboratory, or
- involves construction, operation, modification, decommissioning, abandonment or other activity in relation to a permanent physical structure.
For additional information about environmental assessments, visit the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
Please note that a research account will not be opened until all applicable approvals are in place.