Ethics Harmonization Update >> September 2012

24 September 2012

Phase II strategic plan now available

The strategic plan for phase II of the BC Ethics Harmonization Initiative (BCEHI) is now available for download. MSFHR approved Phase II funding in October 2011 for the final four years of the initiative. Patricia Tait was appointed director for Phase II in January 2012, seconded to the initiative by Vancouver Coastal Health.

The BCEHI steering committee was expanded in spring 2011 to lead the Phase II work. Current membership includes: UBC, SFU, UVic, UNBC and four health authorities – Northern Health, Fraser Health, Interior Health and Vancouver Island Health Authority. Vancouver Coastal Health, Providence Health Care and the Provincial Health Services Authority (e.g. BC Cancer Agency, BC Children’s Hospital) are represented on the committee by UBC, as they have UBC-affiliated research ethics boards.

In Phase II, BCEHI continues to work on a harmonized review model and maximal reciprocity between organizations. One aspect of model development is the testing and evaluation of the review processes with actual multi-centre research projects. As well, working groups will be formed over the coming months, tackling topics such as education/best practices, technology tools/infrastructure, and common forms/templates.

If you are (1) part of a research team that may be interested in participating in the development of the model by submitting your research project through the process, or (2) interested in participating on a future working group, please email Patricia Tait.

BCEHI success at CAREB

BCEHI was successful at the 2012 annual conference of the Canadian Association of Research Ethics Boards (CAREB) held in Toronto from April 26 to 28. A poster entitled “Evaluation of a Provincial Ethics Review Model” was presented at the conference by Brenda Sawatzky-Girling and Patricia Tait and won the “Best Programmatic Poster” award. The poster highlighted the third pilot conducted as part of the model testing of Phase I, as well as lessons learned in Phase I and next steps in Phase II. There was tremendous interest not only in the poster, but in the BC Ethics Harmonization Initiative overall. View the poster.