Research Ethics Board
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What do we do?

The IH REB reviews proposals for research to be conducted within Interior Health by staff or physicians, or involving IH resources or people (including IH facilities, programs, or data; and/or including staff, patients, residents, and clients or their data). Our purpose is to ensure that ethical and other obligations of competent research are met. In doing so, the IH REB protects the research participants, the researchers and the organization.

The IH REB is compliant with the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS2), which is the primary guidance document for all Canadian REB’s reviewing human research. We also meet Health Canada and US legislative requirements. 

How to apply for a research ethics review

  1. Please see this Guidance Note for instructions on how to complete the Application form.
  2. For new applications, follow the steps outlined in the Application Process and use the Application for Ethical Review form.
  3. For amendments to an approved research study, use the Amendments Application form.
  4. For renewals, use the Renewals Application form.
  5. For closures, complete the Closures Report.

Studies that will be conducted across multiple sites in BC are now eligible for harmonized ethics review.  Partners in harmonized ethical review include Interior Health, Fraser Health, Island Health, Northern Health, the University of British Columbia, the University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University and the University of Northern British Columbia. More information regarding the harmonized review process can be found at BCEHI.

If your study involves two or more of the institutions listed above, please start the process by completing a Cover Sheet for Harmonized Studies form and submit it to Research Ethics.

Deadline to apply

Applications for full Board review must be received on the Monday two weeks prior to the IH REB meeting. See the yearly schedule of application deadlines.

Outcome of research ethics review

The IH REB will issue a decision after the ethical review is complete. Learn more about the outcomes of an ethics review.

Policies governing research ethics

Research at IH is governed by the IH Research Ethics policies.

Fees for industry-sponsored studies

Beginning April 1, 2016, the Interior Health Research Ethics Board now requires payment of applicable fees with submission of applications for initial ethical review and renewals. Applications will not be reviewed until payment is received. This change is in keeping with standard practices for Canadian Research Ethics Boards. 

Effective 1 April 2016, fees increased to:

  • Initial review fee - $ 3000
  • Annual Review and Renewal fee - $ 500

If you have any questions or concerns regarding these fees please contact the research ethics team, or by phone at 250-870-4602.

Still have questions?

Review the research ethics FAQs for answers to your questions. 

Contact us

Contact the research ethics team or by phone at 250-870-4602.


All members are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. Review our Research Ethics Board members.

Additional resources

Primary sources of information and regulation

Other useful links

  • The Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics (PRE) offers more information on the ethics requirements of the Tri-Council including the TCPS2: CORE Tutorial.
  • Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) See Part 3 - Protection of Privacy: Division 2 - Use and Disclosure of Personal Information by Public Bodies - Articles 32 and 35.
  • PIPA: Personal Information Protection Act (See Part 6 - Disclosure of Personal Information: Articles 21 and 22.
  • The Belmont Report: written by the U.S. National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioural Research


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