Research in Canada


Review of Research Conducted in Canada – Canada REB

Quorum Review IRB maintains an ethics review board (referred to as the “North American” Review Board) and serves as both a duly convened research ethics board (REB) as well as a central institutional review board (IRB). The North American Board complies with Canadian and U.S. requirements and meets every Wednesday and Friday to review U.S. and Canadian studies. Quorum Review IRB is AAHRPP-accredited and accepts both privately and publicly funded clinical research in Canada.

Provincial REB Restrictions

Quorum is subject to the same provincial restrictions that apply to other independent Canadian Research Ethics Boards. Quorum therefore does not provide review in the provinces of Alberta, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Saskatchewan. Additionally, Quorum may only review studies involving adult participants who can assent for themselves in the province of Quebec.

Research Study Submission Requirements

Researchers from the U.S. and Canada generally use the same Quorum Review IRB forms. For the initial submission of a protocol, please use the forms for ‘Sponsor-CRO’ and be sure to check the appropriate box on the Central Study Questionnaire (CSQ) that designates whether the study will be conducted solely in Canada or in both the U.S. and Canada. If your protocol is approved in the U.S. and you want to expand it into Canada, please submit the “Expansion into Canada Central Study Questionnaire” instead of the standard “Central Study Questionnaire.” For research study site submissions, researchers also use the same initial study site submission Quorum forms. Canadian REB guidelines require that Quorum collect additional paperwork from Canadian investigators, such as a copy of the study site’s research budget. For more information see our FAQs research done in Canada.

Research Study Submission Deadlines

The submission deadline for research activities in Canada (including protocols and protocol amendments) is 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time one week prior to the meeting. Currently, meetings are held Wednesdays and Fridays. Some study site submissions might qualify for expedited review. Quorum IRB will deliver services and turnaround times according to the same timelines in both the U.S. and Canada.

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