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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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What's New

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REB West 2020 Cancelled

REB West Conference Cancelled The health and well-being of our communities is top priority and as a result of the widespread uncertainty due to COVID-19, and in accordance with the ban on events of more than 50 people and travel restrictions, the conference planning team of REB West have decided to cancel the conference planned for Kelowna in June 2020. […]

Resources for research ethics during a public health emergency

If you are involved and/or participating in research in British Columbia and unsure what that means during the COVID-19 pandemic, please turn to your local institution or the institution you work most closely with for guidance. The following resources for research involving human participants in the context of COVID-19 may be of interest: Interior Health […]

ANNOUNCEMENT: Office Closed – staff members available remotely

BC AHSN recognizes the urgent need to keep our staff team, volunteers, partners and guests safe – and we want to minimize transmission of COVID-19 by limiting close contact with others at this time. Due to current conditions and risks associated with the COVID-19 outbreak, effective March 18th, 2020, our Vancouver office is closed until further […]

Recommendations from REBC regarding COVID-19

Given the current COVID-19 outbreak, Research Ethics Boards (REBs) should ensure they have in place a Standard Operating Procedure for the management of ethical review processes during public health emergencies.  Please refer to N2-CAREB SOP 501.003 guides the REB to continuing to perform their function during emergency circumstances, including prioritization of research reviews. Other considerations […]