ANNOUNCEMENT: June 24, 2016 - Cancer Committee Standard Operating Procedures»

Effective 01 July 2016, the HREBA Cancer Committee has adopted the CAREB/N2 Standard Operating Procedures. These procedures ensure that the Board conducts its processes in a way that protects the rights and safety of study participants.

ANNOUNCEMENT: May 2, 2016 - NEW Main Consent Template for Adult Cancer Studies

As of 01 July 2016, all new adult oncology studies will be required to follow the HREBA main consent template, which is now posted. Study teams are welcome to begin using the new template at any time before 01 July, after which point it will become mandatory.

ANNOUNCEMENT: April 1, 2016 - All Cancer Studies to be reviewed by HREBA»

The HREBA Cancer Committee is now receiving all new adult and pediatric cancer studies from across Alberta which require ethics review. This significant step continues the harmonization of the work of Alberta’s research ethics boards. Cancer studies which have been approved by other ethics boards in the province will be transferred to HREBA. Click on the title above for more information.

More Information and History»

The Health Research Ethics Board of Alberta (HREBA), housed at Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions, is the provincial board which reviews the ethical protocols and standards of research studies. There are three committees which examine these studies:  the Cancer, Clinical Trials, and Community Health Committees.

HREBA’s Three Committees

The three committees of HREBA work together as one board. For a full list of all HREBA members, please click here.

Cancer Committee »

Cancer Committee »

The HREBA-CC provides ethical review of all new protocols and annual renewals of research studies involving human subjects and/or their personal information submitted by cancer researchers throughout the province.

Clinical Trials Committee »

Clinical Trials Committee »

The HREBA-CTC protects the public by conducting ethical reviews of clinical trials involving human subjects, or their information, submitted by registered Alberta physicians and health professionals.

Community Health Committee »

Community Health Committee »

The HREBA-CHC is a multi-disciplinary committee with members from across Alberta who review health research studies which are neither cancer related nor clinical trials, and are conducted in community settings.


The Institutional Research Information Services Solution

HREBA’s three committees manage all ethics submissions and reviews through the IRISS on-line platform.

If you are already familiar with the committee that you need to submit your ethics applications through, start by registering on IRISS.  Once you have registered you may submit your ethics application online.  If you have questions, contact

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