In 1997, Capital Health, Caritas Health (now Covenant Health) and the University of Alberta collapsed all their hospital and health sciences REBs and through a formal agreement established the Health Research Ethics Board (HREB). AHS continued that agreement when the health regions were merged in 2008. Since its establishment, HREB has been the conjoint ethics review board for all University of Alberta health researchers (faculty and trainees) as well as researchers from, or studies involving the resources of, Alberta Health Services and Covenant Health.
HREB is administered by the University of Alberta but it is comprised of researchers from all three institutions. The US Federal-wide Assurances (FWAs) maintained by the University, Alberta Health Services and Covenant Health all name HREB, which is in turn registered with the US Office of Human Research Protections. HREB acts concurrently and simultaneously for all three institutions.
As of 2017, AHS and Covenant Health have designated HREB as their review board for all human research, excluding cancer-related studies, conducted under their auspices by researchers not affiliated with either University of Alberta or the University of Calgary. By formal agreement, AHS, Covenant Health, the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta have delegated review of all cancer-related studies to the Cancer Committee of the Health Research Ethics Board of Alberta, administered by Alberta Innovates.
How to Apply
Researchers from Alberta Health Services and Covenant Health (without a University of Alberta affiliation) will need to request a Guest CCID from the Research Ethics Office (firstname.lastname@example.org). Guest CCIDs must be renewed every twelve months.
After obtaining your Guest CCID, follow these steps to access the system:
– Covenant Health