The Health Research Ethics Board of Alberta Cancer Committee (HREBA-CC) provides scientific and ethical review of all cancer-related protocols involving human participants in the province of Alberta.

As of April 2016, we welcome those researchers who have had their cancer studies previously approved by the research ethics boards at the University of Alberta and University of Calgary, or who would have applied to these boards with new submissions.  

How to start a study or access your transferred study
You will need an IRISS login, either an existing one from the University of Calgary, or a new one you have created, in order to start a study or access a transferred study.  Please go to the IRISS page for information.

Meeting Dates and Deadlines

The HREBA Cancer Committee now meets twice monthly, as described in the official announcement.

There are two monthly deadlines for submitting applications and ongoing reviews. All applicable material must be received by the Cancer Committee office before noon on the submission deadline date.

 Please note: there are no exceptions to the noon submission deadline.

Minimal risk applications including chart reviews, image reviews and laboratory based studies are processed through the delegated review pathway and are not subject to specific deadlines.

Multiple Sites

For clinical trials conducted by multiple principal investigators at sites within AHS Cancer Control there is a single review process to reduce duplication of ethics review and the associated administrative burden.  This process requires increased communication among researchers, research teams, Clinical Research Unit staff, and the HREBA-CC administrative staff.

Standard Operating Procedures

HREBA has adopted the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) developed by the Network of Networks (N2) and the Canadian Association of Research Ethics Boards (CAREB).  These SOPS are compliant with applicable Canadian and US regulatory and ethics guidance criteria.  They facilitate the distribution, adoption and maintenance of a single set of standards for REBs in Canada.

Use of SOPs also ensures that the ethics board is constituted appropriately and protects the rights and safety of study participants.

You may find them listed here with links to the pdf documents.

Contact Information

Rakhi Chandra
Ethics Coordinator
HREBA – Cancer Committee
Alberta Innovates

Phone: 1-877-423-5727