We are proud to work with the following collaborative partners to support our province-wide, harmonized system of ethics reviews.
Research Ethics BC currently works with 22 institutional research ethics boards (REBs) across British Columbia toward province-wide harmonized research ethics review processes.
Currently, only researchers within the REBC network can submit their "harmonized" or multi-jurisdictional research ethics application through the Provincial Research Ethics Platform (PREP).
REBC Operational Contacts
BC Children's and Women's (link)
The University of British Columbia / Children’s and Women’s Health Centre of British Columbia Research Ethics Board (UBC C&W REB) is a UBC-affiliated Research Ethics Board (REB) for the Oak Street campus.
Jennie Prasad, Manager, C&W REB
Farin Meralli, Research Ethics & Regulatory Specialist
604-875-2000 ext. 5396
Fraser Health (link)
Research activities at Fraser Health (FH) sites shall not commence until both the Harmonized Certificate of Ethical Approval and the Fraser Health Letter of Authorization to Conduct Research (LOA) have been issued.
Principal Investigators are required to be FH employees /privileged physicians or affiliated academic investigators. For affiliated investigators, a FH co-investigator must be on the study team.
Researchers are responsible for completing the Institutional Approval Application Form for Harmonized Studies. This form must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
Sara O’Shaughnessy, Research Ethics and Regulatory Specialist
Ene Agada, Research Approvals Assistant
Interior Health (link)
All research involving Interior Health (IH), its facilities, data, patients, persons in care, staff or medical staff must undergo both IH REB review and operational review. Please initiate this process by completing a Study Intake Form, available on this site.
If the research is happening exclusively at IH (no other harmonization partners involved) please visit this site.
For Research Ethics Reviews:
Dorothy Herbert, Research Ethics Board Coordinator
For Operational Review or general research questions:
Sage Runner 250-469-7070 ext. 13856 or
Island Health (link)
For both the Health Research Ethics (HREB) and Clinical Research Ethics Board (CREB) please note email is the preferred method of correspondence.
E. Sarah Bennett, Research Ethics and Compliance Manager
Kim Horie, Research Administrative Coordinator
UBC Behavioural REB (BREB) (link)
The BREB reviews behavioural and social science/humanities research, and research that may involve the study of patients or health care providers. Behavioural studies do not involve the use of invasive procedures. They do include research involving interviews, observations, and the administration of questionnaires and tests.
Maria Valente, BREB Review Coordinator
UBC Clinical REB (CREB) (link)
The Clinical REB reviews research that involves clinical interventions such as surgery, the administration or testing of drugs, medical devices, medical imaging or diagnostic techniques, taking of blood or other specimens, exercise programs, the analysis of clinical - e.g. laboratory, physiological or biological - data obtained from medical records or studies of a clinical nature involving the linkage of data from existing databases, or any invasive procedure involving an element of risk.
Pia Ganz, CREB Manager
The Okanagan REB reviews behavioural research conducted by investigators on the Okanagan campus that would otherwise be reviewed by the UBC Behavioural REB. Please check the board website for exact details regarding meeting dates and submission deadlines.
Lisa Shearer, Associate Manager, Behavioural Research Ethics Board
Researchers who do not hold a PHC appointment must appoint an individual as site lead or co-investigator.
Investigators holding a Certificate of Ethical Approval issued by a Research Ethics Board other than UBC PHC REB must still apply for PHC institutional approval in circumstances where the research is being conducted at another institution or location but where the investigator, for research purposes, requires access to PHC services, clinical units, patients, staff and to data or tissue held by PHC.
Policies, Standards, REB Administration Inquiries
Julie Hadden, Manager, Ethical Reviews
604-682-2344 ext. 63496
Prior to recruitment of UNBC Faculty, Staff or Students, institutional approval is required. Please visit the UNBC Provost and Vice President, Academic webpage for more information, and access to the request form.
Applications may be submitted to the REB concurrently to this process, in order to help reduce overall processing time.
Isobel Hartley, Research Ethics Officer
University of Victoria (link)
Research conducted at the UVic campus by non-UVic researchers does not normally require operational approvals in addition to ethics review. However, UVic ethics staff will contact university entities, departments, and offices when needed and connect them with non-UVic researchers.
Eugenie Lam, Human Research Ethics Manager
Kenna Miskelly, Human Research Ethics Facilitator