To provide support to our network Research Ethics Boards (REBs), REBC has created a pool of ad-hoc reviewers to facilitate the streamlining of research in the province during the COVID-19 pandemic. Current or past REB members across BC have agreed to be ad-hoc reviewers if and when required.
As per the Tri-Council Policy Statement 2 (2018) Chapter 6 article 6.5, ad hoc reviewers can be added to a review process if required:
Ad hoc advisors are consulted for a specific research ethics review and for the duration of that review. Should this occur regularly, the membership of the REB should be modified to ensure appropriate expertise on the REB. For example, in cases where ethics review of research on topics related to Indigenous peoples is regularly required, the REB membership should be modified to ensure that relevant and competent knowledge of and expertise in Indigenous cultures are captured within its regular membership.
While ad hoc advisors may complement the REB through their experience, knowledge or expertise, their input is a form of consultation that may or may not be considered in the final decision of an REB. They are not REB members and, as such, do not necessarily have the knowledge and experience gained from reviewing research proposals as members. Ad hoc advisors should not be counted in the quorum for an REB, nor be allowed to vote on REB decisions.”
Research Ethics BC would like to say a sincere thank you to the volunteer ad-hoc reviewers for providing their time and knowledge towards advancing research in the province.
Would you like to sign up to be an ad-hoc reviewer? Click here to sign up.
FAQs for Ad-Hoc Reviewers
Will training be required / provided to ad hoc reviewers?
It is preferred that all ad hoc reviewers will have completed the CORE tutorial for TCPS2 (2018). REBC will work with the reviewer to ensure they have the necessary minimum skills and knowledge to effectively participate in whatever capacity is required for the review process.
What types of studies will I be expected to review?
Any COVID-19 related research where a REB requires someone that has your particular knowledge or experience to effectively conduct ethical review. You may be contacted by the REB administrator, REB Chair, or Research Ethics BC to participate in the ethical review of a study.
How quickly will I be expected to review?
This will be discussed and determined with the REB who is requesting your review or consultation. If the research is being reviewed through a Rapid Review process, the expectation would be within five days of being notified of the research study.
Who will contact me?
The information provided from the survey will be made available as a resource for REB administrators only and will not be made publicly available.
Who do I contact if I have questions or would like to be removed as an Ad-Hoc reviewer?
Please contact the REBC Navigator or the REBC Director, Terri Fleming.