Research Ethics BC is pleased to announce a new Guidance for Ethical Review of BC Cancer Multi-Jurisdictional Research. This Guidance was drafted and agreed on by a working group to address some of the issues arising from multi-jurisdictional research in a harmonized model over the past four years. The Working Group started to meet formally in September 2019, and its membership includes representatives involved in research ethics from across the province and a patient partner from the REBC Advisory Council.
The Guidance provides clear instruction on how ethical review of studies conducted by BC Cancer affiliated researchers will be managed by the BC Cancer Research Ethics Board (REB). “The BC Cancer REB is a specialized REB as per TCPS2 (2018) by virtue of its mandate as a disease specific REB responsible for the ethical review and oversight of adult oncology research conducted by BC Cancer affiliated researchers and/or under the auspices of BC Cancer.”
We encourage you to read the full 3-page Guidance, however key points include:
- As with other BC Cancer and harmonized ethical reviews in BC, researchers will be asked to submit their initial application via the Provincial Research Ethics Platform (PREP) housed within the RISe system owned by UBC.
- Other institutions affected by the multi-jurisdictional research will be notified of ethical approval, thus allowing them to document the research and trigger any operational approval requirements that may exist at their institution(s).
- If the BC Cancer REB determines that a privacy review is necessary, it will refer the project to the PHSA Research Privacy Office to conduct a privacy review at the same time as the ethics review and the outcome of the review will be recorded inRISe/PREP. This privacy review address BC privacy law requirements and should not trigger any additional privacy reviews.
The process described in the Guidance is effective as of December 2nd, 2019. We will be monitoring the effect of this change in process over the coming months and will return to our Working Group to resolve any issues.
Please contact Terri Fleming, REBC Unit Director for any questions or comments.