CAREB-ACCER and N2 (Network of Networks) organizations are pleased to announce the release of the fourth version of the Canadian REB SOPs — the English language version is available now, with the French language version to follow. These collaboratively developed, standardized, Canadian REB SOPs are available via open access.
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.
Documents that assist the organization to ‘bridge’ information in the SOPs with specific/local procedures (tools, checklists, sample forms, local guidance documents, contact information) are not part of the official SOPs but can be created or adapted as needed, to meet the needs of the organization.
NOTE: Comments, questions and other feedback should be directed to the N2 REB SOP Committee Chair, Jacqueline Senych Jacqueline.Senych@albertainnovates.ca

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

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

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.

The V.3 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.