Research Ethics BC streamlines and improves the research ethics review processes in British Columbia.

About Us

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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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BC AHSN News: October 2019

Hot off the press! Read the October issue of the BC AHSN News, featuring a Research Ethics BC annual update, a new Clinical Trials BC online job board, #PPF19 & #CFOA19 conference updates, a new event partnership with LifeSciences BC & more! Read the full newsletter issue here.

Pilot Launched for Harmonized Ethical Review Model for Clinical Trials

Research Ethics BC is pleased to announce that a model for harmonized ethical review of clinical trials has been developed.  The working group responsible for the model to be piloted was led by Sara O’Shaughnessy, PhD of Fraser Health Department of Evaluation and Research Services and included members from the research ethics offices of Interior […]

Read our 2019 Annual Update

It’s been exactly one year since the launch of PREP, as of September 2019. What have we accomplished together over the past year? Read our annual update outlining our accomplishments here.

Meet Sarah Bennett, Chair of REBC’s Advisory Council

Ever wondered about what research ethics are, and why the term sometimes has a bad rep? Sarah Bennett recalled that “for a long time, research ethics were reactionary and fearful.” While it seems that conversations about the topic could be daunting and stilted, she’s helping to make it less so, assisted by several key individuals […]