HREBA Memos and Guidelines

Memo – HREBA Review Fees as of July 1, 2017 (All Committees; Updated October 1, 2023)

Memo – HREBA Submission Management Policy (All Committees; May 15, 2017)

Guidelines for the Review of Placebo-controlled Trials (Clinical Trials Committee; February 2014)

Guidelines for the Recruitment of Incompetent Subjects (Clinical Trials Committee; January 2014)


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.


Resources for Research Ethics

Government of Alberta Health Information Act (HIA)

Health Canada Food and Drugs Act and Regulations – Division 5

TCPS 2 (2022) Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans


Resources for Alberta Clinical Research

The Alberta Clinical Research Consortium (ACRC)

The ACRC supports researchers by promoting quality and efficient clinical health research in the province. In collaboration with partner organizations, the ACRC has developed pragmatic tools and resources such as:

Contact or 780-429-7668 for more information


Enhancing Alberta Primary Care Research Networks (EnACt)

EnACt is an infrastructure to support and enhance Alberta’s existing practice-based research networks as well as academic and community practitioners conducting primary care research.

EnACt can help with:

  • Quality Improvement Projects
  • Mixed Methods Studies
  • Pragmatic Trials
  • Cognitive Task Analysis

Contact:  (phone) 780-492-2409 or (fax) 780-492-8191