A Strategy for Moving Forward – Alberta’s Health Research Ethics Boards
In July of 2009, the Council of Chairs of the Health Research Ethics Boards (REBs) of Alberta agreed to increase the “alignment” among the six health REBs in the province. They led this initiative based on their collective expertise and current roles across Alberta’s health research ethics review processes. As a step in the alignment objective, the Chairs agreed to examine the potential for the use of a common electronic administrative support tool. The Chairs also agreed to the need to establish a strategic direction for health research ethics review in the province. Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions (funded by the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research Endowment Fund) was approached to provide secretariat services and to facilitate the project. The resulting work is reported in this document – a strategic plan for moving forward with alignment of health research ethics review in Alberta.