What is a research ethics board (REB)?
A body that is not affiliated with the sponsor, and the principal mandate of which is to approve the initiation of, and conduct periodic reviews of biomedical research involving human participants in order to ensure the protection of their rights, safety and well-being (ACRC Glossary)
What is health research?
Health research involves human subjects, their health information, and/or research involving their biological samples, such as blood or tissue.
What are the ethical requirements of my study? What types of studies require a research ethics board review and approval?
Which Research Ethics Board should I apply to?
There are three such boards in the province that are able to review studies that use health information. Each of these boards has specific requirements for submission of an application for ethics approval and each provide guidance and templates to aid in your submission process.
1. Studies (non-cancer) initiated and carried out by principal investigators affiliated with the University of Alberta AND investigators who are AHS employees but not affiliated with the University of Calgary or the University of Alberta [i.e. Investigator-initiated clinical trial at the UofA or a student project in a hospital pharmacy].
2. Studies (non-cancer) initiated and carried out by principal investigators with the University of Calgary [i.e. Investigator-initiated clinical trial at the UofC]
3. Studies focused on the study of cancer or the treatment of cancer patients conducted by Principal Investigators from the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary, Alberta Health Services, Covenant Health and/or the community [i.e. Industry-sponsored clinical trial in an AHS Cancer Centre].
4. Clinical trials, excluding cancer-related studies, conducted by physicians and other qualified health professionals who are not conducting the research as part of their employment with the University of Alberta or the University of Calgary or Covenant Health or Alberta Health Services (Zones 4 and 5) [i.e. private clinic industry-sponsored trial].
5. Studies, neither clinical trials nor cancer-related, conducted by Principal Investigators who are not conducting the research as part of their employment with the University of Alberta or the University of Calgary or Covenant Health or Alberta Health Services (Zones 4 and 5) [i.e. private clinic, investigator-initiated study].
For more information, visit Health Research Ethics 101 (created by HREBA).