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HSREB Holiday Closure 24Dec2015 - 03Jan2016 - December 1, 2015

The Office of Research Ethics will be closed from December 24th 2015 to January 3rd 2016 for the holidays. New HSREB delegated applications received prior to the closure will be reviewed up to 15 working days from the date that the submission is received by the REB. HSREB Amendment applications received prior to the closure will be reviewed within 15 to 20 working days from the date that the submission is received by the REB. Any new applications/events received during the holiday closure will be processed on January 4th, 2016.

HSREB Full Board 2016 Submission Deadline Correction - December 14, 2015

The 2016 HSREB Full Board Submission Deadline document has been corrected to reflect the following changes:    Submissions received on December 16th 2015 before noon will be reviewed at the January 5th 2016 Full Board Meeting; and Submissions received on December 16th 2015 after noon will be reviewed at the January 19th 2016  Full Board MeetingNew NMREB CER & Revision Form - December 1, 2014

Effective January 1, 2015 Western’s Office of Research Ethics will be rolling-out a new NMREB Continued Ethics Review Form & NMREB Revision Form. Current forms will be de-activated as of December 31, 2014 at 11:59 pm. If you are currently completing a NMREB CER Form or NMREB Revision Form, please be sure to submit them via Romeo BEFORE December 31, 2014 to ensure  your information is not lost.         

New Continued Ethics Review (CER) Process for HSREB & NMREB - December 1, 2014

To mitigate confusion surrounding the procedures of completing the annual Continuing Ethics Review (CER) form and extending the study end date, effective January 1, 2015 Western’s Office of Research Ethics (ORE) approves studies on an annual basis. If your study is ongoing for more than one year, the ORE will issue approval for one year at a time.  When your study has ended you are required to submit an End-of-Study Form.                 

NOTE: For Lawson affiliated studies: Lawson's institutional approval is contingent upon continuing REB approval and, without it, Lawson approval would also be suspended.  

NOTE: This change results in the following:

  1. Investigators/study team members will no longer be required to submit amendments for study end date extensions as all studies will be approved on an annual basis.  Review and approval of the annual CER forms will result in REB re-approval for the following year; and
  2. The ORE will no longer be processing Updated Approval submissions as approval letters will be issued for CER submissions on an annual basis.


NOTEIn your initial submission you will still be required to inform the REB of how long the project will last.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR STUDIES THAT SUBMIT UPDATED APPROVAL REQUESTS: The ORE has reviewed the studies that submit updated approval requests and is trying to make sure that this new renewal process does not cause a conflict with the last updated approval date. Starting January 1, 2015, you will now ONLY be submitting an annual CER form (No longer an updated approval request plus a CER form). To be sure that the ORE has adjusted the renewal dates correctly please email me or call me directly and have the studies that currently request updated approvals and include the last updated approval date. I will review each of them to ensure consistency.

HSREB & NMREB Post Approval Events: Change in PI Form Now Available – September 2, 2014

Please be advised that the Office of Research Ethics has updated the process for changing Principal Investigators (PI). Effective immediately, any changes to PIs will require (1) Amendment/Revision Form via ROMEO, (2) tracked and clean versions of previously approved documents, and (3) completed HS/NMREB Amendment: Change in PI Form. Please visit the HSREB or NMREB Post Approval Events page for more information. (For the HSREB page, click here. For the NMREB page, click here.)