Content: Announcement List

  • UBC Clinical Research Ethics Board- Update on Continuing Ethics Review

    Beginning 2024, the CREB will focus on re-review of applications that were approved in 2012 or earlier

    UBC CREB is also requiring the re-review of registries (data bank) or biobanks 5 years and older in order to align with our new Biobank/Registry Protocol and Biobank/registry consent form requirements as per here

    An ethics re-review to ensure the…

  • Clinical Research Ethics Board-Renewal with Amendment

    As of November 1, 2023, the option to create a Renewal with Amendment will no longer be accepted by the UBC CREB. Any PAAs for Renewal with Amendment submitted on or after November 1 will be sent back with a request to inactivate the PAA, and submit a separate PAA for both the renewal and amendment. The option for the Renewal with Amendment PAA will be removed from RISe mid-December 2023.

    Please note: Any PAAs for renewal with amendment that have already been submitted for review prior…

  • NEW Behavioural Research guidance page for medical residents

    The Office of Research Ethics has added a new page to the BREB site. The page answers common questions about research ethics for residents in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC who are conducting behavioural projects.

    Please go to:…

  • BREB reduces COVID safety requirements

    Effective February 14, 2023, the Behavioural Research Ethics Board (BREB) has reduced its COVID safety requirements for conducting in-person research. While continuing to be concerned for the safety of research participants, the BREB will no longer require researchers to submit Safe Research Plans for in-person research, except in the following circumstances: 

    • Research with immunocompromised individuals  
    • Research taking place…

  • 2022 Updates to TCPS 2 Released

    The Panel on Research Ethics (PRE) has released the TCPS 2022 version. Changes include:

    • new provisions concerning broad consent
    • stem cells and human cell lines
    • multiple site review (until further notice, the current procedures for harmonizing UBC Ethics applications will remain the same)

    Updates to BREB and CREB guidance and web links will be made as soon as possible and as needed. In the meantime, please see:

    NEW TCPS 2:…

  • UBC Clinical Research Ethics Board- Update on continuing ethics review

    Beginning 2023, the CREB will focus on re-review of applications that were approved prior to 2014.  An ethics re-review to ensure the study meets current ethical requirements, will be undertaken and communicated individually with each PI and primary contact on the study. 

    As per TCPS 2 (2018) Article 6.14 “The REB shall make the final determination as to the nature and frequency of continuing research ethics review in accordance with a proportionate approach to…

  • Holiday Closures

    The Research Ethics offices (Behavioural and Clinical) will be open through December 23rd and will then be closed until Tuesday, January 3rd. There will be limited staff December 22nd and 23rd, so please anticipate some delays in response times.

    We wish you an auspicious start to 2023!

  • How to mitigate against research participants falsifying their eligibility

    The BREB was recently asked to advise on how researchers could minimize the occurrence of participants who falsify their identities in order to qualify for research. See the attached for a discussion of the issue and for suggested approaches.  

  • Book a Consultation with Research Ethics (behavioural)

    Questions about Ethics? We're available by phone or you can book a Zoom consultation by sending us an email.

    If your questions relate to protocols for COVID-19 and international research, please contact Maria Valente at

    If your questions relate to Indigenous research, please contact Wendy Bond at

    For all other queries…

  • Call for information about research taking place in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver

    In response to community-expressed needs, the Making Research Accessible initiative (MRAi) – a partnership between the UBC Learning Exchange and Library in collaboration with others – has developed the Downtown Eastside Research Access Portal (DTES RAP). The RAP is designed to provide information about research that is relevant to/about Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.  As well as linking to research published since 2010, the DTES RAP includes researchers’ contact information and…

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