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Research Ethics Board (REB)


Updates and Notices


IWK Responsible Conduct of Research Policy

The Responsible Conduct of Research policy establishes expectations for the responsible conduct of research at the IWK and outlines processes for handling allegations of research misconduct.


CITI Online Courses Now Available for IWK Researchers and Staff

In conjunction with our Network of Network (N2) membership, we are now able to offer the Collaborative Institutional Train Initiative (CITI) online training courses customized for Canadian researchers.

Ø  Good Clinical Practice

Ø  Health Canada Division 5

Ø  Responsible Conduct of Research – Life Sciences & Physical Sciences

Ø  Biomedical Research Ethics

Ø  Social & Behavioral Research

Ø  Transportation of Dangerous Goods

Registration is free at www.citiprogram.org

Courses are comprised of modules that may be completed over time. Completion of required modules with an average of 80% will provide a certificate of completion meeting regulatory requirements for training, for example, ICH-GCP or Health Canada Division 5.

Citi Program Guidelines


The Research Portal – The Move To Paperless REB Review And Approval At The IWK

The IWK has partnered with NSHA in the implementation of the ROMEO Research Portal.  This latest edition of the Research Services database 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 or NSHA (including those previously submitted through CDHA and the MREB).  

System features include:

  • Online development of new study applications, facilitating team member edits and collaboration with comprehensive edit tracking and logs
  • Full electronic initial submission
  • Integrated REB review and approval forms and processes
  • Electronic submission of amendments, annual renewals, SAE reporting and other ongoing REB notification activities.
  • Single site access to every study you are named on as a:
    • Primary Investigator
    • Team Member, or
    • Reviewer 

Paper submissions and existing processes will continue through the summer months. You will be encouraged to explore the new Research Portal in the coming weeks.  Instructions for activation of your individual login will be posted here on or before July 20th.

Important Dates:

Researcher Portal Introductory Training – Research Services Conference Room (R2001):

RSVP: to Melanie Price (melanie.price@iwk.nshealth.ca)

  • July 15 – 1 PM
  • July 16 – 2 PM
  • July 17 – 10 AM


Individual Login Instructions:

  • Coming to your email inbox or check the website - July 20th


Lunchtime Drop-ins :  Informal help navigating the system and answering your questions

Research Service Conference room - 12 – 1 PM:

  • Monday July 20th
  • Wednesday July 22nd
  • Friday July 24th
  • Tuesday – Friday July 28 – 31st.


Electronic Only REB applications – September 1, 2015






To the IWK Research Community:

Investigators may be invited to the Research Ethics Board (REB) Meetings:

To facilitate the review of Full Board REB Submissions, Principal Investigators (or their designate) may be invited to attend the REB meeting. Investigators will be notified of the time and location of the REB Meeting 10 days prior to the meeting date if their attendance is requested.

Investigators will be invited to make a short (10 minute) informal presentation of the research study and REB Members may followup with a few clarifying questions. Additionally, investigators may volunteer to come to the REB to briefly present their REB submission. This can be particularly helpful with unique or complex projects. Simply contact the research ethics office 10 days prior to the meeting to be added to the agenda.

The REB review and Summary of REB Issues will follow in the usual manner.  Investigators will not be in attendance during the review of their submission.


The IWK Research Ethics Board:

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, national 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 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.

Guidelines, SOP’s and related notices are regularly updated



The IWK Health Centre is respected for its world-class research into disorders and diseases affecting women, children, youth and families and is home to many leading research centres. 

Learn more about our research centres by visiting one of the links below.