October 7, 2016
Because cooperative group studies almost always open at more than one centre in Ontario eventually, OCREB will accept the submission of all cooperative group (e.g., CCTG, NRG) multi-centre clinical trials even if a second centre has not been identified by the Provincial Applicant (PA).
September 1, 2016
After completing assessments over the summer, OCREB and Clinical Trials Ontario (CTO) entered into an agreement to move OCREB onto CTO’s online system, CTO Stream. Since the OCREB and CTO submission processes are very similar, there would be limited changes for users of the current OCREB Online (O2) system. One of the positive changes is that CTO’s system is built on newer technology and as a result is considered to be more user-friendly. Communication, implementation and training plans for all new users of the CTO system are in the works, and ideally the change in systems would occur in early 2017. Ultimately, little will change except for the online system.
OCREB Annual Report 2015-16 is now online.
May 19, 2016
OCREB and Clinical Trials Ontario (CTO) have signed a letter of intent to collaborate on a formal project to assess the acceptability and feasibility of moving to CTO Stream as OCREB’s online system. See memo for more details.
OCREB Annual Report 2014-15 is now online.
OCREB became the first REB to be qualified under the Clinical Trials Ontario REB Qualification Program
In February 2014, OCREB became the first REB to be qualified under the Clinical Trials Ontario (CTO) REB Qualification Program. For more information about the program, its history and how OCREB achieved this distinction, please see the April 2014 CTO newsletter.
The Canadian Association of Research Ethics Boards (CAREB) presented
Janet Manzo, Executive Director of OCREB with the CAREB President's Award
The Canadian Association of Research Ethics Boards (CAREB) presented Janet Manzo, Executive Director of OCREB with the CAREB President's Award at the CAREB 2014 Conference April 24 to 26 in Montreal. The President's Award recognizes a CAREB member for advancing the organization's objectives through outstanding contributions and commitment to enhancing the protection of human research participants and improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the processes of ethics review of human research. The award is presented annually. Congratulations to Janet Manzo!
New OCREB Local SAE Reporting Criteria
In accordance with the CAREB Guidance document on reporting unanticipated problems (2010) and in alignment with many other REBs in Ontario and Canada, effective June 1, 2014, OCREB will be changing its reporting requirements for the submission of Local SAEs. Only those local SAEs that meet the OCREB reporting criteria will be accepted. See memo for details.
Twenty-six out of 27 sites now able to use OCREB for multi-centre oncology clinical trials
Humber River Hospital is now authorized to use OCREB as their Board of Record for multi-centre oncology clinical trials. That brings the number of Ontario institutions authorized to use OCREB to 26 (of 27)!