Ontario Cancer Research Ethics Board
The Ontario Cancer Research Network in collaboration with Cancer Care Ontario and local Research Ethics Boards in Ontario introduced the Ontario Cancer Research Ethics Board in December 2003 to facilitate scientific and ethical review of multi-centre oncology trials.
The Ontario Cancer Research Ethics Board (OCREB) flows from an extensive provincial consultation process involving: REB chairs, regional cancer centres, host hospitals, investigators, bioethicists, research ethics coordinators and collaborating organizations such as Cancer Care Ontario, the National Council for Ethics in Human Research, the Canadian Association of Research Ethics Boards, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Several key issues were identified during this consultation process.
Through the provincial consultation process, investigators and REBs identified several opportunities to streamline processes and enhance review efforts, centred on the development of a provincial Research Ethics Board.
The primary goals of the Ontario Cancer Research Ethics Board are to:
- To protect the safety and rights of the human research subjects at the highest quality of ethical review;
- To reduce the workload and duplication associated with reviews of the same study by multiple research ethics boards;
- To simplify and accelerate the initiation of multi-centre oncology trials in Ontario.