The mandate of the Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board (HiREB) is to safeguard the rights, safety, and well-being of all research participants.
All research projects involving McMaster University, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and Hamilton Health Sciences physicians, staff (including staff acting as investigators outside the Institutions), students (i.e., research within the institution or using institutional resources), volunteers, visitors, or patients, must obtain ethical approval from the HiREB before research can begin. The HiREB is responsible, on behalf of the institutions, for ensuring that all research involving human subjects under the auspices of its institutions meet current ethical standards. The HiREB reviews and approves research projects that meet acceptable ethical and scientific standards and for which adequate facilities and resources are available. The HIREB also provides advice on the ethical, scientific and technical aspects of planning research projects.
The Executive Committee of the HiREB reviews and approves minimal risk research projects which meet acceptable ethical and scientific standards and for which adequate facilities and resources are available. The Tri-council Policy Statement (TCPS2) definition of minimal risk helps to guide the selection of projects that can be considered by the Executive Committee (TCPS2, Chapter 1, Part C). The project must be approved by the full HiREB at its next meeting for the research to continue.
The Executive Committee also reviews Serious Adverse Event Reports (Local and Non-Local); Amendments; Protocol Deviations, Violations, Waivers; and Annual Progress Reports of approved projects; as well as Study Completion Reports. A report of these activities is provided to the full HiREB at a subsequent meeting for information purposes.
The Human Tissue Committee (HTC) is a subcommittee of the Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board. Our mandate is to review studies that are restricted to the collection and analysis of human tissue.
The Student Research Committee (SRC) is a subcommittee of the HiREB. Our mandate is to review minimal risk research conducted by Faculty of Health Science students at the undergraduate and master’s levels. Please see the Students section for more information about the SRC.
The members of our two panels change on a periodic basis. Please email Donna Muir for the current membership list: firstname.lastname@example.org