Processes Concerning Research Protocols During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Purpose: With the activation of SOP 5.503 (REB Review During Publicly Declared Emergencies), the REB may, during a publicly declared emergency “follow a modified review and operations plan”. The purpose of this Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) is to inform the processes concerning research protocols during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
RESEARCH ETHICS BOARD APPLICATION PROCESS
IWK Research Ethics Board (REB)
Research, along with education and clinical care are the three essential activities of the Health Centre. The Research Ethics Board (REB) serves to assist members of the research community to conduct ethically acceptable research involving humans.
All research that involves human subjects, their information or their tissue, requires review and approval by the REB before it may begin. Research proposals are assessed for ethical acceptability using regional and international guidelines. The IWK Health Centre Research Ethics guidelines and operating procedures provide direction in regard to research involving IWK families and personnel. Since research ethics is a continually evolving subject, these guidelines may be modified from time to time. It is the responsibility of the reader to ensure that they are using the most recent version.
The REB Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) also provides important information on the Board's operations and requirements of investigators and research staff. The SOP's should be read in conjunction with these guidelines.
The ROMEO Research Portal
The IWK REB has moved to the online ROMEO Research Portal for the management of ethics applications and grant/award applications. The Research Portal provides researchers and study team members including co-investigators, research coordinators, and other study staff, the ability to see and manage the submission and approval process for their research studies. Through a single login, you may review all existing projects underway at the IWK and NSHA.
The IWK has several user guides to help with the management of your study:
If you would like to schedule a training session on using the Research Portal, please email Joanne Street at email@example.com
If you have any questions regarding ROMEO and the Research Portal, please contact Joanne Street, Ethics Coordinator, Research Services at 902.470.7879
Guidelines and Templates
Ongoing Study Activities
REB Reviewers' Tools
REB Meeting Dates
Research Site Map
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