Co-ordinated ethics review process

The ethics boards at Waterloo and the Waterloo Wellington Research Ethics Board (WWREB) have established an alternative review model for research involving investigators from Grand River, St. Mary's, or Cambridge Memorial hospitals and the University of Waterloo. This builds on the agreement established in 2014 with Wilfrid Laurier University.

What does this mean for researchers?

  • One ethics application form
  • One integrated set of review comments
  • One clearance certificate

Co-ordinated reviews streamline the ethical review process for collaborative research by:

  • Providing a single point of contact
  • Eliminating the need for consecutive review at both institutions
  • Reducing the time needed to obtain ethics clearance for multi-site research
  • Aiding researchers to handle comments made by one ethics board that require approval as a modification to another ethics board

If you will be conducting a study with investigators at one of the local hospitals and have questions about the review process, contact Heather Root.