Research Ethics BC

Information for Researchers


British Columbia’s harmonized ethics review model is now in use by all BC health authorities, most research universities and many colleges. Research Ethics BC has made the following resources available to support researchers and research participants in understanding and implementing harmonized approaches to ethics review.


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Research Ethics BC provides training and development opportunities for researchers and project managers in a variety of topic areas.


See upcoming webinars on our Events page.


Past webinars


Research Ethics BC Network


Research Ethics BC currently works with 22 institutional research ethics boards (REBs) across BC in working toward province-wide harmonized research ethics review processes.
Researchers within the Research Ethics BC network can submit their “harmonized” or multi-jurisdictional research ethics application through the Provincial Research Ethics Platform (PREP).


If you are a new researcher within the network, please contact Research Ethics BC for an initial consultation.

If you have already completed your PREP platform application, please see each institution’s page for additional information and guidance on how to apply for a research ethics review at their location.


BC Cancer
BC Children’s and Women’s
BC Institute of Technology
Camosun College
Douglas College
First Nations Health Authority
Fraser Health
Interior Health
Island Health
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Langara College
Northern Health
Royal Roads University
Simon Fraser University
Thompson Rivers University
UBC BREB (behavioural and social science/humanities research)
UBC – Okanagan Behavioural REB
UBC Providence Health Care REB
University of Northern British Columbia
University of Victoria
Vancouver Island University



Research ethics during COVID-19


In March 2020, COVID-19 was declared as a pandemic and a public health emergency in the province of British Columbia. As research funding became available for COVID-19, Research Ethics BC and the research ethics community created processes to enable researchers to respond quickly and effectively. We also created a go-to location for researchers and research ethics boards to find information and guidance.


For more information, get in touch with our team at