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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 Policy.
Human 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.
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 priveleges 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. Any questions regarding this requirement may be directed to Terri Fleming, Manager Research Compliance and Ethics at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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-VIHA Subcommittee
Studies that are below minimal risk and involve UVic faculty, staff or students who wish to conduct research within VIHA should be submitted to the Joint UVic/Island Health Research Ethics Subcommittee.
REMEMBER: If the study inolves resources at VIHA, operational review and approval is also required. Please refer to the FAQ or Operational Review page for more information.