Women's College Research Institute's Research Ethics Office supports the development and management of research projects and grant proposals, as well as appropriate accountability reporting, and in the dissemination and application of research findings. It also provides support for women's health students at Women's College Hospital and the University of Toronto.
Research Ethics Board (REB)
The Research Ethics Board oversees all research involving human participants conducted under the auspices of Women's College Hospital. The REB ensures that research studies meet the highest scientific and ethical standards in order to protect patients, investigators, and the institution. All research involving human participants within or on behalf of Women's College Hospital must be approved by the Research Ethics Board before initiation of a research project.
The REB is responsible for:
For clinical trials, the REB strongly recommends that investigators and sponsors adhere to the SPIRIT guidance when drafting and submitting their protocols for review. SPIRIT defines a minimum list of elements that should be addressed in a trial protocol, and provides detailed guidance with examples and references.
An incomplete protocol can make it difficult for research ethics boards and other external reviewers to understand the trial – leading to time wasted on protocol revisions, and delays in approval and enrolling participants. Incomplete protocols can also lead to inconsistent trial implementation and in the worst case, trials that produce unreliable data. Whereas high-quality protocols can promote transparency, while saving time and money, to do a better job of protecting trial participants, and produce better data.Jump to top page