CAREB-ACCER and N2 (Network of Networks) are pleased to provide a set of collaboratively developed, standardized, Canadian REB SOPs via open access. The most recent version (Fall 2019), is now available in English and the French version will follow soon.

The REB SOPs are specific to ethics boards that review health sciences research and are compliant with applicable Canadian and US regulatory, and ethics guidance criteria. The implementation of the REB SOPs will facilitate the distribution, adoption and maintenance of a single standard for REBs in Canada.

Please note that changes to the formal set of REB SOPs may result in the SOPs no longer being compliant and it is for this reason that the SOPs appear as print only PDF documents.

NOTE: Comments, questions and other feedback are encouraged and should be directed to the REB SOP Chair, Alison van Nie at alison.vannie@oicr.on.ca

Access issues can be addressed by contacting N2′s coordinating office at n2@n2canada.ca .

CAREB-ACCER N2 Canadian REB SOPs [English] – Version III

The V.1 N2 CAREB REB SOPs will be moved to Archive V.1 N2 CAREB REB SOP folder so they remain accessible.

The V.2 N2 CAREB REB SOPs will be moved to Archive V.1 N2 CAREB REB SOP folder so they remain accessible.

Observational Health SOPs (2021)

The Standard Operating Procedures for REBs that review Observational Health Research (Observational Health SOPs) were developed for REBs that do not normally review regulated clinical trials, and therefore do not need to comply with the more prescriptive standards and regulations such research requires. These SOPs have been designed for use by REBs that may review non-clinical trial biomedical, population and global health, and socio-behavioural research. They may also be used for REBs that review other types of research that involve human participants such as scholarship on teaching and learning, management, and humanities. The Observational Health SOPs, which use the CAREB/N2 SOPs as the foundation, have been developed to be compliant with TCPS only. They are meant to be flexible in style, as the TCPS is, with allowances for institutions to make changes as needed (so long as they remain compliant with TCPS). Guidelines will be developed on topics related to the SOPs, such as methods of consent, privacy legislation, and conflicts of interest.

For any questions or suggestions for improvement, please contact Rachel Zand at rachel.zand@utoronto.ca.