Ethics is the discipline that examines who we ought to be and what we ought to do in light of who we say we are. Ethics is reflected in thoughtful decision-making that considers values, consequences, and options to make choices that respect the harms and benefits for those involved.
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
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.
Still have questions?
Review the research ethics FAQs for answers to your questions.
Contact the research ethics team or phone at 250-870-4602.
Primary sources of information and regulation
Other useful links
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