About Us

What We Do

As part of the BC Academic Health Science Network, we support a province-wide, harmonized system for research ethics reviews of studies conducted in multiple geographic areas involving the resources, people, patients or data from more than one BC research institution. Find out more about us.



Find out if you're eligible to apply for harmonized ethics review of your new multi-jurisdictional study.

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How to Apply

In 2018, we introduced a new online system for harmonized ethics reviews. Now, you can apply through the new Provincial Research Ethics Platform (PREP).

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What's New

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New Guidance Document on Public Health Surveillance

Public health surveillance activities can raise questions about whether they require a Research Ethics Board (REB) review when conducted in a health authority or using health authority data. To help support and ensure a streamlined approach in research ethics, this Guidance document is intended to support REB offices and members when considering activities pertaining to […]

New REBC Advisory Council Co-Chairs Welcomed

Dr. Jude Kornelsen (left) and Namaste Marsden’s (right) term as Co-Chairs of Research Ethics BC’s Advisory Council began on January 12, 2021. In order to help our stakeholders get to know them a little better, Paola Pinto Vidal of Research Ethics BC interviewed both individuals and asked them about their vision for the operational unit. […]

BC AHSN and MSFHR intend to join forces to drive discovery and innovation in BC’s health research enterprise

The BC Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN) and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to join forces to create a dynamic and integrated health research organization that will support the growth and evolution of BC’s research and life sciences sectors. The proposed new organization will be committed […]

Read Research Ethics BC’s 2019-2020 Activity Report

Research Ethics BC supports a community of human research ethics boards in the province to streamline processes by providing a harmonized system for multi- jurisdictional studies, education and training, and resources to support capacity building. This document Research Ethics BC’s growth and achievements between fall 2019 and fall 2020. A very special thank you to our community […]