As part of the BC Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN), Research Ethics BC works to make BC a more competitive and innovative health research environment by streamlining and improving research ethics review processes.
Research Ethics BC supports a provincial, harmonized system for research ethics reviews of multi-jurisdictional studies involving human subjects (i.e. involving the resources, people, patients or data from more than one BC institution). Harmonization streamlines the ethics review and approval process, allowing for submission of a single ethics application across all partner institutions. It also standardizes processes among research ethics boards, ensuring review quality and compliance with national policies (TCPS-2).
Since 2016, British Columbia’s health authorities and four major research universities have used harmonized models for conducting human subject research ethics reviews for multi-jurisdictional studies (minimal risk and above minimal risk). A shared technology platform to support an online harmonized ethics review process is currently in development and will launch later in 2018. We are also actively seeking additional partner institutions to join us.
Researchers who wish to submit an ethics application for a multi-jurisdictional research study should contact the REB Administrator at their institution.
Formerly known as the BC Ethics Harmonization Initiative (BCEHI), Research Ethics BC is founded on a collaborative effort by a group of BC health research partners to develop the harmonized ethics review models now in use by most BC health authorities and research universities. This has been achieved through reciprocity agreements between the partners.
Prior to its adoption by BC AHSN in April 2018, this initiative was supported collectively by the partner institutions, with core funding from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR). In 2016, MSFHR provided additional funding to support ongoing management/sustainability and development of a shared online platform.
Our organizational partners’ websites provide more information about research ethics specific to each institution:
- Fraser Health
- Interior Health
- Island Health
- Northern Health
- Simon Fraser University
- University of British Columbia, representing:
- University of Northern British Columbia
- University of Victoria
Research Ethics BC offers a range of resources to support researchers, research ethics administrators, and reviewers in understanding and implementing harmonized approaches to ethics review. At the moment, these resources are housed on the former BCEHI website.
Visit the BCEHI Resources page to access:
- Ethics review resources, including model diagrams, guidelines and templates
- Partner REB meeting schedules
- Helpful links
|Sarah Bennett||Manager, Office of Research Ethics
Simon Fraser University
|Dr. Louise Costello||Health REB Past Chair
|Manager, Research Compliance and Ethics
|Pia Ganz||CREB Manager
University of British Columbia
|Julie Hadden||Manager, Ethical Reviews
Providence Health Care Research Institute
|Isobel Hartley||Research Ethics Officer
University of Northern British Columbia
|Eugenie Lam||Human Research Ethics Coordinator
University of Victoria
UBC Children’s & Women’s Research Ethics Board
|Sarah Flann||Coordinator, Research Ethics Board
|Wendy Petillion||REB Chair
|Jean Ruiz||Senior Research Ethics Analyst, Behavioural
University of British Columbia
|Kristie Westerlaken||REB Manager
If you are launching a multi-jurisdictional study, contact your local Research Ethics Board Administrator about how to apply for harmonized ethics review.
If your institution is interested in learning more about the benefits of becoming a Research Ethics BC partner organization, please contact Terri Fleming (Terri.firstname.lastname@example.org).