Research involving human participants must be directed toward the benefit of humanity and the advancement of knowledge. Researchers are to conduct their research as critical and responsible professionals, accountable to those people participating in the research, to the society that supports them, as well as to their colleagues, students and research institutions.
The Research Ethics Board (REB) at St. Michael’s Hospital is guided by:
The REB is guided in decision-making regarding research protocols by a number of key documents at the local, national, and international level. The Tri-Council Policy Statement, Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans has been adopted as a national standard. In addition, the adoption by Health Canada of the ICH Good Clinical Practice: Consolidated Guideline provides the REB and researchers with internationally accepted standards when conducting clinical research.
The REB is attentive to local, national, and international trends in research ethics that may bear directly on research carried out at St. Michael’s Hospital.