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


Research studies funded by industry or other for-profit organizations are charged an administration fee for the initial ethics review. Details are found here.


Jennifer Palacios
Ethics Coordinator
HREBA Community Health Committee
Direct: 403-210-5227