Registration Closes September 9th!

Join us in Calgary on September 20th for the 2019 Alberta Clinical Health Research Conference. Come discover new and emerging areas of clinical health research, increase your practical knowledge on conducting research in Alberta, and connect with others in your field. Click the title above for more details.

Board of Record Agreement

As of August 1, 2019, investigators submitting to any of the Health Research Ethics Board of Alberta (HREBA) committees will be required to have an official agreement appointing HREBA as their Board of Record. For investigators conducting research through private practice or other community-based organizations (both for and not-for profit), a signed Board of Record Agreement will be required before approval certificates will be released. Click the title above for more information.


On January 21, 2019, the 2018 revision of the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (aka the “Common Rule”, found in 45 CFR 46) was implemented. Research that is sponsored or monitored by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (US DHHS – NIH, NCI, OHRP) is subject to this revised regulation, within the confines of existing Canadian regulations and laws. Click the title above for more information (updated memo posted 13Feb2019).


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 and oversight for all cancer and cancer-related research involving humans (1,2).

Clinical Trials Committee »

Clinical Trials Committee »

The HREBA-CTC provides ethical review and oversight of clinical trials involving humans (1,2), with the exception of cancer, conducted by community-based/private practice physicians or other qualified healthcare professionals.

Community Health Committee »

Community Health Committee »

The HREBA-CHC provides ethical review and oversight of research involving humans (1,2), with the exception of cancer and clinical trials, conducted by community-based investigators and/or organizations (both for and not-for profit). The committee also provides ethical review for non-research projects (e.g. quality improvement, program evaluation) that are of higher risk, involve vulnerable populations, or areas of sensitivity.

(1) Research involving humans includes both adult and pediatric populations, their information and/or samples.

(2) This includes both research that involves or does not involve health information as defined by the Alberta Health Information Act (HIA).


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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