Niagara Health ensures that all research is performed ethically, and in accordance with the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans.
Niagara Health has partnered with Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) to provide support to researchers entering into contracts to conduct research. Niagara Health has also centralized ethics review for clinical research and clinical trials under the Hamilton integrated Research Ethics Board (HiREB). HiREB is also one of Clinical Trials Ontario (CTO) qualified review boards.
The Hamilton integrated Research Ethics Board (HiREB) is a collaboration of St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, Hamilton Health Sciences and McMaster University's Faculty of Health Sciences. To view the required documentation and information, please visit the HiREB website.
HiREB requires proof of completion of Good Clinical Practice training in order to gain approvals.
Hamilton Health Sciences reviews, drafts and negotiates research agreements on behalf of Researchers, including: Non-Disclosure Agreements (Confidentiality Agreements), Data Transfer Agreements, Material Transfer Agreements, Research Study Agreements, Clinical Trial Agreements and Service Agreements.
Please follow these steps when submitting research projects with Niagara Health.
NH = Niagara Health; PI = Principal Investigator; HHS = Hamilton Health Sciences
Task: Complete Mandatory Research Training
Responsible Party: NH PI and study team
Task: Complete Contract Request Form
Include the following information:
Resources: Tips and Tricks for Research Budget Review (courtesy of Hamilton Health Sciences)
Note: The contract should be discussed and reviewed in partnership with the Niagara Health Program Director, Manager and Department Chief
Task: Review and negotiate contract
Responsible Party: HHS and all parties to the contract
Task: Bind contract by signing
Responsible Party: Authorized signatory from each party to the contract. Note: this usually includes the NH PI signing in their personal capacity
Resource: The contract is to be shared and approved by the Niagara Health Program Director, Manager and Department Chief.
Task: Archive of Contract
Responsible Party: All parties to the contract
Task: Obtain all documents:
Responsible Party: NH PI
Task: Complete Finance Account Opening Form and attach cheque
Responsible Party: NH PI
Website link: NH Account Form. Complete form and attach cheque to NH Finance Department
Task: Provide Account number and open Research Finance Account
Responsible Party: Finance Department
|Type of Study||Required Training||Duration|
|Clinical studies that require approval from a Research Ethics Board (REB) and require the use of patient chart(s) (e.g. Meditech) and/or identifiable information|| ||Every two (2) years |
Every two (2) years
|Clinical studies that require approval from a Research Ethics Board (REB) and are regulated by Health Canada|| ||Every two (2) years |
Every two (2) years
|Retrospective studies not involving human subjects|| ||Every two (2) years |
|Studies involving humans sponsored by any of the Tri-Council Agencies of Canada (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC)|| ||Every two (2) years|
*Should research studies fall under more that one of the categories listed, both categories’ required training must be completed.
ICH GCP = International Council of Harmonisation Good Clinical Practice
CITI = Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative
NH = Niagara Health
TCPS2 = Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans
CIHR = Canadian Institutes of Health Research
NSERC = Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
SSHRC = Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
HiREB requires proof of completion of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training in order to gain approvals for clinical research. GCP training for certification or recertification is available free of charge through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), link above.
|Accessing CITI Program Training |
For more information, please contact Elaina Orlando, Research Manager, Elaina.Orlando@niagarahealth.on.ca or 905-378-4647 ext: 44544
Our institution ensures that all research is performed ethically, in accordance with the Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS): Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans. The Tri-Council Policy Statement online tutorial can be found at the link above. TCPS provides an excellent foundation on the ethical principles of research involving humans.
All investigators (including students and research personnel) conducting review of health records as part of their research are required to provide evidence of training for privacy protection of human subjects prior to submission of HiREB applications. This requirement for training may be met by completing the brief web-based program found at the link above. Upon successful completion of the tutorial, print a certificate for your own record and enter the certificate number in the appropriate place on the HiREB application.
|Please send questions or comments about the tutorial to the Research Ethics Officer|
|LERNH – Niagara Health e-Learning Management System||For more information, please contact Chris Henderson, Manager Learning Management System (LMS) & Policies, Christopher.Henderson@niagarahealth.on.ca or 905-378-4647 ext. 33030|
Please follow the steps found in the HIREB Process for Retrospective Review of Medical Charts & Health Data document here.
Please follow the steps found in the HIREB Process for General Research Application here.