HREH: Health Research Ethics Harmonization
HREH aims to achieve a streamlined, effective, collaborative, and integrated model, supported by appropriate technology, for ethics review of human health research. “Harmonization” in this initiative means that administrative processes associated with ethics review will be transparent and consistent, from the point of the view of the researcher, and that the research ethics offices, while maintaining their independence, will work collaboratively to facilitate the health research ethics system in Alberta.
The HREH is led by the Steering Committee – a group of senior leaders from government and each of the six institutions in Alberta that have established or currently maintain a research ethics board (REB) designated by the Health Information Act (HIA).
The vision for the HREH initiative is to achieve an integrated model for ethics review of human health research in Alberta in a way that supports health research, encourages multi-site research, and attracts additional health research activity and investments to the province.
The HREH model will:
- Ensure protection of research participants, and recognize the autonomous nature of REB decision-making.
- Encourage multi-site research.
- Support provincial level metrics for strategic management of health research ethics in Alberta.
- Contribute to Alberta’s and Canada’s potential as an attractive and competitive research environment, attracting additional activity and investment to the province.
The HREH model includes:
- Common application and consent form templates with guidelines, and clear processes for multi-site approvals; and
- Supportive platform technology that:
- captures appropriate information related to ethics review of human health research across the province;
- supports reciprocity and common application processes and reporting;
- facilitates seamless information flow and appropriate information sharing; and
- provides aggregated system-level (provincial) metrics for ongoing monitoring and improvement of health research ethics in Alberta.
In accomplishing these core objectives, the HREH initiative will create a more streamlined ethics review process for health researchers, and ensure the ongoing protection of the public.
For more information:
Karine Morin, LLM, Executive Director, Platforms
The HREH Vision
|To achieve an integrated model for ethics review of human health research in Alberta in a way that supports health research, encourages multi-site research, and attracts additional health research activity and investments to the province.|