Common processes for the review of multi-site human health research ethics applications approved
Common processes for the review of multi-site human health research ethics applications approved

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October 29, 2012

Alberta Innovates Health Solutions (AIHS) has announced that, through the Alberta Health Research Ethics Harmonization (HREH) Initiative, common processes for the review of multi-site human health research ethics applications have now been agreed upon, developed, and implemented by the six HIA-designated REBs.

These “Alberta” processes will streamline the approval of ethics applications requiring more than one REB approval.

The implementation of the new multi-site application process, along with the continued efforts to collaborate and provide resources for implementation success, has moved Alberta’s ethics review system one step closer to harmonization.

A harmonized health research ethics system will reduce project start up times, strengthen and expand Alberta’s capacity to attract, support, and retain top researchers and new investment; and support an increased level of innovative, high-quality research that will help to enhance healthcare for Albertans.

This milestone would not have been possible without the cooperation of all levels of Alberta’s Research Ethics Boards.

Please click here <http://www.aihealthsolutions.ca/eip/hreh/docs/Full-Reciprocity-Report-final.pdf> to read the full report and here <http://www.aihealthsolutions.ca/eip/hreh/docs/The-process-for-multi-site-applications-final.pdf> for a summary of the multi-site application process.

Hand-in-hand with this outcome, over the next year the U of L will be transitioning to an electronic platform for the submission and administration of human subject research ethics applications. Implementation is in the very preliminary stages and researchers will be kept apprised throughout the process.

The Office of the Vice-President Research is dedicated to ensuring a seamless transition for all involved. Please contact Lesley Brown (phone: 403-329-2249 email: l.brown@uleth.ca) should you require further clarification.


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