Any clinical or behavioural research study that involves human participants requires ethics review and approval to ensure that the research meets federal ethical requirements and protects the welfare of study participants.

Research ethics review is a process of initial and ongoing review and monitoring of research involving human participants.

PHSA and its agencies are subject to The Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans. This is a joint policy of Canada’s three federal research agencies – the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

Ethics reviews for research conducted at PHSA agencies are done under the auspices of the University of British Columbia. UBC Children’s and Women’s Health Centre of British Columbia Research Ethics Board (UBC C&W REB) reviews both clinical and behavioural research projects conducted on the Oak Street campus.

Learn more about UBC C&W REB application process, policies and forms and guidelines.

Ethics applications are submitted through UBC’s RISe system.

Ethics training

Students, staff and principal investigators at the WHRI are required to take the online TCPS 2 Tutorial Course on Research Ethics (CORE).

Guidance: Does my research project need ethics approval?
Guidance: Does the UBC C&W REB have jurisdiction over my research project?

Links to additional research ethics resources:

Health Canada Clinical Trials Manual
UBC Research Ethics Policies and Standard Operating Procedures
Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner for British Columbia
Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act