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REMINDER:  NEXT SUBMISSION DEADLINE FOR CREB: 22 September 2014

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*Minimal risk: research in which the probability and magnitude of possible harms as a result of participation is no greater than those encountered by participants in other aspects of everyday life related to the research

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All human research that is conducted by  members of Island Health or that involves Island Health facilities, patients, residents, clients, staff, physicians, current data holdings or other resources, requires research and ethical approval before it begins in accordance with Island Health's Research Ethics Review PolicyHuman research involving human participants, remains, tissues, biological fluids, embryos, fetuses and other biological materials including human DNA, RNA or DNA and RNA fragments is subject to research and ethical approval. Island Health requires ethical approval to ensure all human research complies with ethical principles and standards.

Research Ethics review is a separate process from Operational review.

These processes may be conducted concurrently.

 

In order to conduct research at Island Health, approval must be obtained from:

  1. all department(s) at Island Health that are involved in the support or conduct of the research project (OPERATIONAL APPROVAL); AND
  2. research ethics (RESEARCH ETHICS CERTIFICATE OF APPROVAL).

These two elements ensure that the institution of Island Health has approved the research to be conducted at Island Health.

All research conducted at Island Health must include in their team at least one of the researchers/research advisors as a employee/physician or affiliated with privileges at Island Health. This does not necessarily have to be the Qualified/Principal Investigator, but that person will be required to sign the Operational Review form as a sub/co investigator or liaison. Any questions regarding this requirement may be directed to Terri Fleming, Manager, Research Compliance and Ethics at terri.fleming@viha.ca.

Clinical Research Ethics Board (CREB)    

Studies should be submitted to the CREB if they involve a clinical intervention as part of the study, including clinical trial applications evaluating drugs, devices and natural health products.  For example, if a study involves administering medication or a medical device, providing alternate medical treatment that is not standard of care, etc.

Health Research Ethics Board (HREB)

Studies that do not involve clinical interventions, and meet the TCPS 2 definition of minimal risk should be submitted to the HREB.

Joint UVic-Island Health Subcommittee

Studies that are below minimal risk and involve UVic faculty, staff or students who wish to conduct research within Island Health should be submitted to the Joint UVic/Island Health Research Ethics Subcommittee.

REMEMBER:  If the study inolves resources at Island Health, operational review and approval is also required.  Please refer to the FAQ or Operational Review page for more information.

Contact Information

 
 
Research Ethics
Room 304, Kenning Wing - Memorial Pavilion
Royal Jubilee Hospital
1952 Bay Street
Victoria, BC V8R 1J8
 
 
 
Fax: 250-519-1878
Staff

General Inquiries
Joy (Joey) Pearson, Research Ethics Administrator
joy.pearson@viha.ca
250-370-8046

Health Research Inquiries
Dawn Pollon, Research Ethics Coordinator
dawn.pollon@viha.ca
250-519-1879

Clinical Research Inquiries
Karen Medler, Research Ethics Coordinator
karen.medler@viha.ca 
250-370-8111 x 12415

Operational Review Inquiries
Leah Syme, Research Administrative Coordinator
leah.syme@viha.ca
250-370-8620

Terri Fleming, Manager Research Compliance and Ethics
terri.fleming@viha.ca
250-519-7700 ext 13971