Research Ethics Board

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The Niagara Health Research Ethics Board (REB) reviews all research proposals for studies conducted at Niagara Health to ensure they meet ethical guidelines for research involving humans and that they are in compliance with applicable laws, regulations and legislation.

The REB also provides advice on ethical, scientific and technical aspects of planning research projects. The mandate of the Research Ethics Board is to safeguard the rights, safety and well being of all research participants.

The Niagara Health Research Ethics Board is in compliance with the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Human (TCPS), and the International Conference on Harmonization: Good Clinical Practice guidelines for IRBs, as well as the Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA) and the Therapeutic Products Directorate (Health Canada TPD). 

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  • Operating Procedures

    1. Meeting Operations Meetings will be held monthly or at the call of the Chair. The REB will keep and maintain minutes of all meetings and said minutes will be circulated to all REB members and will be available to authorized representatives of Niagara Health and funding agencies. 2. Agenda / Reporting Mechanism Agenda items will be accepted by the Chair from all REB members or any hospital / medical staff member (must provide...
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  • Privacy and Confidentiality Education

    Definitions under PHIPA PHIPA:   Personal Health Information Protection Act HIC:   Health Information Custodian PHI:   Personal Health Information Agent: Any person who is authorized by a HIC to perform services or activities on the custodian’s behalf and for the purposes of the custodian. Collection: Gathering, acquiring, receiving or obtaining of PHI . Use: Handling, dea...
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  • Privacy and Confidentiality Rules

    Do not discuss personal health information (PHI) with the patient or any other interested party unless it is part of your role as a health care provider Do not discuss personal health information regarding patients, patient’s visitors, medical staff or hospital staff: in areas where the general public may overhear the discussion, in public areas such as corridors, elevators, cafeterias, at home, conversations over the telepho...
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  • REB Members

    Dr. Robert Butcher Consultant Ethicist Ms. Nancy Fletcher Interim Director of Professional Practice  Mr. George Groff Interim Chair of REB Community Non-Affiliated Person Ms. Rosamund Hennessey Research Methodology Representative Dr. Joanna Hill Physician Mr. Roderick McDowell Legal Represent...
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  • Terms of Reference

    Authority The Research Ethics Board reports to the Medical Advisory Committee and through them to the Niagara Health Board of Directors. Purpose The REB is to ensure that any and all health-related research carried out by staff, students or anyone conducting research at, or under the auspices of Niagara Health, is: Of the highest quality possible Protects the interests of the human subjects Is in complianc...
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