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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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BC AHSN News: April 2021

Hot off the press! Read BC AHSN’s April newsletter. Articles include: REACH BC joins BC AHSN Minnie Downey bids farewell to the organization BC Ministry of Health’s Data Platform releases new data sets, widens access Watch a recording of Terri Fleming discussing ethics harmonization in BC Peer Models Network requests your feedback in a survey […]

BC AHSN News: March 2021

Hot off the press! Read BC AHSN’s March newsletter. Articles include: Updated BC COVID-19 Survey Inventory; New Research Ethics BC partners: Royal Roads University, Douglas College, Vancouver Island University; Island Health – Vancouver Island Health Authority Research’s awardee spotlight; An interview with outgoing REBC Advisory Council Chair Sarah Bennett; N2 Network of Networks’s clinical trials […]

Thanking Sarah Bennett, REBC’s Inaugural Advisory Council Chair

Sarah Bennett, REBC Advisory Council’s outgoing and inaugural Chair, concluded her term in January 2021. The Research Ethics BC Team wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to her, and Paola Pinto Vidal recently met with Sarah via ZOOM to discuss and reflect on her experience.  Sarah started by sharing her thoughts on the achievements of REBC, especially the ‘grass-roots first’ model: I think that the ideals [of] our group really surfaced […]

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 […]