Research Ethics

Submitting to Research Ethics

Alberta has three Research Ethics Boards (REBs) designated under the Health Information Act to review and approve health research.

Please visit the Alberta Clinical Research Consortium Roadmap for more information about submitting your study to a research ethics board in Alberta.

AHS employees who do not have an academic affiliation can get a Campus Computing ID (CCID) through University Alberta Research Ethics Office.  The applicant will need to complete a form and include with it a short CV and a brief description of the proposed research. For general inquiries about this process, to request a CCID application form or for support to use the REMO platform, please contact

HREBA - Alberta Innovates

The Health Research Ethics Board of Alberta (HREBA), housed at Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions (AIHS), is the provincial board that brings together the former-College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta board, the community board, , and cancer board to form the following three committees:

  • Cancer Committee (HREBA-CC) provides scientific and ethical review of all new protocols and annual renewals involving adult human subjects and/or research requiring access to personal information submitted by cancer researchers throughout Alberta.
  • Clinical Trials Committee (HREBA-CTC) protects the public by enabling scientific and ethical review of research proposals submitted by registered Alberta physicians, who are conducting research involving human subjects.
  • Community Health Committee (HREBA-CHC) is a multi-disciplinary committee with members from both rural and urban Alberta that provides scientific and ethical review of health research proposed to be conducted in communities across the province.
CHREB – University of Calgary

The Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board (CHREB) is administered through the Office of Medical Bioethics at the University of Calgary. CHREB reviews applications from Researchers (with the exception of cancer studies) affiliated with the Faculties of:

  • Kinesiology
  • Medicine
  • Nursing

*Please note that effective February 1, 2016, you are NO LONGER REQUIRED to obtain signatures from AHS operational leads for your submission to CHREB. Operational approval and sign-off will be requested at study initiation after ethics approval and will be facilitated by the AHS Provincial Research Administration team.

HREB – University of Alberta

The Health Research Ethics Board (HREB) administers the ethics review process for all faculty, staff and students of the University of Alberta (U of A) health sciences faculties, Alberta Health Services, and Covenant Health.

Ethics review at the University of Alberta ensures that we meet or exceed the standards set by the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans and ensures our research is compliant with relevant provincial, federal and U.S. legislation.

For more information about which REB to submit your research study to, please visit: How to Apply