As of June 11, 2021, the F2FCRC and REBs are accepting all levels of face-to-face research for review. Approvals are contingent on current public health measures.

The table below indicates the approximate point when research at a given COVID-19 Research Risk Level may start.

New COVID-19 research or new F2F research where the participant is receiving a service that would be delivered/received regardless of the research (e.g. clinical care) and researchers currently in other regions or countries where public health directives allow for F2F research can commence these projects immediately upon approval of the F2FCRC and REB.

Ongoing research in another country or region may continue in accordance with local public health directives.

COVID-19 Research Risk

Research Method

Direct contact / close contact?

Approximate start (Provincial Roadmap)

Level 1

Interaction / observation

None or minimal contact, physical distancing can be easily achieved (e.g., interviews, computer-based experiments, non-invasive methods)

Step 1

Level 2

Intervention

Some physical contact (e.g., biospecimen collection, body measurements), physical distancing sometimes challenging to maintain

Step 1

Level 3

Physical treatment / manipulation

Sustained physical contact, participant breathing heavily, physical distancing not possible

Step 2-3

BEFORE COMPLETING THIS FORM, PLEASE READ REVIEW OF FACE-TO-FACE AND OFF-CAMPUS RESEARCH

Instructions:

FOR ALL FACE-TO-FACE (F2F) RESEARCH (ON OR OFF-CAMPUS):

This includes all in-person F2F research on or off-campus, including international research, where a UofT REB is the REB of record (not a TAHSN protocol). It does NOT include online or virtual research.

Complete the form, save the provided PDF and upload it as part of your MRHP protocol submission or amendment.

The completed form will be reviewed by the Face-to-Face COVID-19 Review Committee (F2FCRC) in a separate process from the REB's review of the human research ethics protocol. Approval of both the F2FCRC and the REB is required before F2F research can commence. If the study requires COVID-19 safety-related modifications, a member of the Committee may contact you directly. Otherwise, you will receive feedback in the Notes section of the MRHP application. Please note that the timeframe for approval of F2F research may be longer than normal due to the added F2FCRC review.

FOR OFF-CAMPUS (INCLUDING INTERNATIONAL) RESEARCH:

If your research project has an off-campus or international component but involves no face-to-face human research or human participants you should also complete this form.

Researchers are asked to send a copy of the completed form (provided as a PDF when the form is submitted) to ehs.office@utoronto.ca. Researchers will be contacted by OHS once that review has been conducted.

If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact OHS directly at ehs.office@utoronto.ca.

FOR OFF-CAMPUS (INCLUDING INTERNATIONAL) NON-RESEARCH:

If you are required to travel for a non-research university-sanctioned activity, please also complete this form including the free text fields (where applicable). If the question states “research”, please continue to fill in the information for your non-research activity.

Faculty/librarians/staff are asked to send a copy of the completed form (provided as a PDF when the form is submitted) to ehs.office@utoronto.ca. Faculty/librarians/staff will be contacted by OHS once that review has been conducted.

If you have any questions regarding this process, please contact OHS directly at ehs.office@utoronto.ca.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS FOR ALL SUBMISSIONS:

  • The form is used for both F2F and off-campus research but contains branching logic so that only relevant questions are asked.
  • For any research requiring international travel, consult with the Safety Abroad Office prior.
  • This process is not applicable for TAHSN researchers, TAHSN protocols or research conducted under the auspices of another institution (where that institution is the Board of Record).
  • This process is not required for virtual or online research.
  • This form is to be filled out by the Faculty supervisor or Faculty PI only (not to be filled out by students, trainees, research staff or post-docs).
  • Please note you can opt to save your draft as you go and return to it later by clicking "Save & Return Later" at the bottom of each page.
  • All Faculty supervisors/ Faculty PIs should keep a copy of their completed form for their records.

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