Harmonized process replaces joint UVic/VIHA research ethics review process

The University of Victoria and Island Health have adopted the research ethics harmonization model rather than continue with a separate joint sub-committee review process for dyad studies.

The two institutions had already moved toward harmonization by creating a joint sub-committee to perform ethical reviews. With the BCEHI process, a Board of Record is designated to perform the review, resulting in more streamlined reviews with minimal administrative duplication.

Researchers will experience little change with one application form to complete and receipt of one set of provisos from both institutions. They will also receive the new BCEHI Joint Certificate of Ethical Approval. Researchers will still need to meet the requirements of operational/institutional approval for each organization.

Dyads are the most frequent multi-jurisdictional studies submitted for review in BC.