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Approvals at a Glance

Before you can begin your research study, you'll need to ensure you have met all research review and oversight requirements.

The kind of review and approval you need will depend on the type of research you're conducting, where you're conducting it, and your institutional affiliation. There are requirements that apply to researchers at all PHSA facilities, and certain processes that are site-specific.

  • Human ethics approval – Submitted online through UBC's RISe system and reviewed by UBC-appointed Research Ethics Boards (REBs). First, determine if you need human ethics approval (PDF) to start your project, and then visit the Research Ethics Approval page to learn how to proceed.
  • Conflict of Interest declaration (COI) – PHSA's annual COI declaration process applies to anyone who conducts research at or under the auspices of any of PHSA's hospitals, health centres, programs, or their affiliated research institutes. See the Conflict of Interest page.
  • Institutional approval – Submitted to the host institution for approval to use institutional resources in carrying out the research. Visit the Institutional Approvals page to link to information for your site.
  • Animal care approval – Submitted to the principal investigator's affiliated university for review by the university's Committee on Animal Care. See PHSA's page on Other Compliance Requirements
  • Biosafety approvals – Submitted to the principal investigator's affiliated university for review by the university's Biosafety Committee. See PHSA's page on Other Compliance Requirements.
  • Other safety matters – Researchers at PHSA sites should visit their affiliated university's website regarding requirements for research that uses chemicals or radioactive materials or that has environment impact. See PHSA's page on Other Compliance Requirements.
  • Project data security – All researchers at PHSA must ensure the protection of their electronic research data under BC privacy legislation. If your project involves the collection, use or disclosure of personal information, it will likely require a privacy review. If you are unsure, please contact your Research Ethics Board or PHSA's Research Privacy Advisor. For information on PHSA's privacy review process for research studies, see our Research Privacy pages.

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