01 Oct 2018 – Data Migration Completed

As of October 1, 2018 all open HREBA-CC paper files have been migrated to the IRISS system. Paper/e-mail submissions are no longer accepted as all ethics files are now being processed through IRISS. E-mail info@hreba.ca if you have any questions.

01 Oct 2018 – CC Data Migration Completion

The Data Migration Project is coming to an end October 1, 2018, at which point HREBA-CC will process all ethics files through the IRISS system. Paper/e-mail submissions will no longer be accepted, and HREBA will not be able to help with the migration of any remaining paper files. For details see this memo.

HREBA Streamlines and Simplifies Review Fees

The Health Research Ethics Board of Alberta (HREBA) charges $4000 for the initial full board review, or $1000 for the initial delegated review, of an industry funded study.

All industry funded studies, regardless of their initial approval date, will not be charged any additional fees for changes e.g. modifications, annual renewals, closures.

HREBA Submission Management Policy

Under exceptional circumstances and to ensure a quality review for each study submitted, the Health Research Ethics Board of Alberta (HREBA) may at times limit the number of studies reviewed at a committee meeting.

As necessary, only 10 complete applications received prior to the submission deadline may be assigned to a meeting.  If such a limitation is put in place, applicants of studies that are not being reviewed at that particular meeting will be notified.

Note that submissions are administratively screened upon receipt.  Those requiring revisions are not assigned to a meeting until the requested changes have been made. For a pdf version please see the memo HREBA Submission Management Policy.

Are you interested in playing a role in research ethics in Alberta?

Health Research Ethics Board of Alberta Seeking Members

The Health Research Ethics Board of Alberta (HREBA) is recruiting members with expertise in research content and methodology, privacy and members of the community. These include:

  • General Practitioners
  • Pediatricians
  • Medical Oncologists
  • Pediatric Oncologists
  • Knowledge in Complimentary & Alternative Medicine
  • Knowledge in Health Information Privacy
  • Knowledgeable in Biologic Treatments
  • Knowledge in Medical Devices
  • Participants in Research
  • Members of the Community


The Role:

Successful nominees will join either the Clinical Trials Committee or the Cancer Committee to help ensure that the rights and welfare of research participants within the province of Alberta are adequately protected in accordance with the Tri-Council Policy Statement on the Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2014) and other regulatory requirements.

Members attend a monthly meeting and receive an honorarium. Depending on the committee, meetings are held either in Edmonton or Edmonton and Calgary. These are three-year term positions (2017-2020) that are renewable for an additional term.


How to Apply:

Please send a letter of interest and Curriculum Vitae outlining relevant qualifications and if applicable a summary of your research and ethics experience to:

Wendy Burrill, Associate Director of Research Ethics
Alberta Innovates
Email: wendy.burrill@albertainnovates.ca

Nominations will be accepted until the positions are filled.


Background Information:

The Health Research Ethics Board of Alberta is managed by Alberta Innovates. HREBA’s three committees provide ethics reviews of research throughout the province that relies on health information under the authority of the Alberta Health Information Act. These committees include:

  1. The Cancer Committee reviews all cancer-related studies in the province.
  2. The Clinical Trials Committee reviews clinical trials, with the exception of cancer-related trials, conducted in the community by physicians or other qualified health professionals.
  3. The Community Health Committee reviews studies, with the exception of cancer-related studies or clinical trials, conducted in the community by principal investigators from all disciplines.

For all other inquiries regarding the HREBA, please contact info@hreba.ca.