The Health Research Ethics Board of Alberta – Community Health Committee (HREBA-CHC) provides reviews for research studies, with the exception of cancer-related studies or clinical trials, conducted in a community setting.  The Principal Investigators for these studies are not conducting research as part of their employment with the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary, Covenant Health, or Alberta Health Services Zones 4 and 5 (Edmonton and North Zones).

Research ethics review is not required for non-research projects such as quality improvement and evaluation activities. If you are unsure whether your project requires review by this
committee, you may contact the HREBA-CHC Coordinator at


Industry sponsored studies are charged a fee for review. An invoice will be sent from Alberta Innovates for the amount indicated below after the ethics certificate is granted i.e. the study is approved. GST will be added if applicable.

Please do not send in the review fee until you receive an invoice.

Type of Review Fee
Full Review $4000.00
Delegated Review

Includes minimal risk, additional investigator (multisite) and reciprocal reviews.


This applies only to industry sponsored studies received by HREBA after July 1st, 2017.
All industry sponsored studies, regardless of their initial approval date, will not be charged any additional fees for changes after July 1st, 2017, e.g. modifications, annual renewals, closures.


Jennifer Palacios
Ethics Coordinator
Alberta Innovates
Direct: 780-429-7668
Toll free: 1-877-423-5727 ext. 278