BC Ethics Harmonization Initiative

The Fraser Health Authority Research Ethics Board is a participant in the BC Ethics Harmonization Initiative (BCEHI) which is a collaboration among BC’s six regional health authorities and four major research universities (Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, University of Northern BC and University of Victoria). 

Currently funded by the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, the Initiative supports multi-jurisdictional research and involves implementing collaborative review processes to reduce the time it takes to obtain ethics approval from multiple research ethics boards.  Researchers are allowed to submit a single ethics application, regardless of the number of BC jurisdictions involved in a research study.

Co-ordination with other boards is the responsibility of the ethics board office personnel who work to ensure that the researcher receives a consolidated decision after reviews have been conducted.  This collaboration of research ethics board offices also ensures the consistency and quality of ethics review, in compliance with TCPS-2, across all jurisdictions.

For further information on BCEHI, please see http://www.msfhr.org/our-work/activities/bc-ethics-harmonization-initiative .

For details on Fraser Health’s  participation, please contact Sara O’Shaugnessy, our Research Ethics Board Co-ordinator at Sara.OShaughnessy@fraserhealth.ca.

Fraser Health Research Ethics Board Participation

The spread sheet below documents the research studies led by either Fraser Health or our affiliated researchers that have involved harmonization with other Research Ethics Boards.  Note that although there is only one Board of Record for each study, that co-ordination between multiple boards is usually required.  Studies are entered into our Research Study Database once a Fraser Health principal investigator is identified. 

Fraser Health Site-Specific Requirements for Harmonized Studies Flowchart