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What certifications or clearances are required to open a research account?

  • 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. A research account will not be opened until all applicable approvals are in place. Please see Certifications and Clearances for additional information.
    • 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.

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