Research Ethics System Login

The Research Ethics System is the University's online system that supports the development of study protocols along with the review and notification of ethical clearance.

Log into the system using your WatIAM credentials. If you are not a Waterloo member, please contact to request access.  

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Research Ethics Review During COVID-19 Pandemic (updated January 6, 2023)

  • As per the memo issued on January 5, 2023, wearing a mask continues to be strongly encouraged for everyone at the University in all indoor spaces.  
  • Researchers and participants are encouraged to continue to wear tight-fitting, well-constructed masks for studies particularly those involving vulnerable populations, healthcare settings, or extended periods of close contact between researchers and/or participants. There is value in wearing a mask to help limit the spread of a variety of illnesses from COVID-19 to the common cold.  
  • When conducting studies off-campus, researchers are to respect the mask wearing requirements or expectations within that setting and be prepared to continue wearing a mask when visiting or working in that location.
  • Researchers are to continue to have medical masks available for use by study participants or members of the research team. 
  • If public health conditions change, the University may broaden mask requirements on campus.  
  • Researchers are encouraged to continue following the practices described in their existing COVID-19 safety plan to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission even though these plans are no longer required. Refer to the University's guidance on COVID-19 health and safety.


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Updated March 10, 2023