Weijer, "Minimal Risk and Its Implications" (2001) 11:1 NCEHR
Communique 15 at 17.
In general, the researchers were very pleased with the ethics review process," states the NCEHR
research involving human subjects - led by NCEHR - was rejected by the
The funding for NCEHR, which was always inadequate, was revoked
The NCEHR feels that a national accreditation system, based on voluntary participation and developed in consultation with stakeholders, would improve the work of REBs, better protect human research participants and boost Canadians' trust in research.
The NCEHR task force cites several reasons why Canada should have a national accreditation system: For one, controversial research involving human subjects has sparked numerous lawsuits worldwide.
11) Guy Rocher, "Origin and Development of the Tri-Council Policy Statement on the Ethics of Research Involving Humans" (1999) 9 & 10 NCEHR
Communique, online: National Council on Ethics in Human Research <http://www.
9) Charles Weijer, "Consensus-Seeking Roundtable on Placebos in Clinical Research" (1999) 9:1 NCEHR
Communique CNERH, online: NCEHR
17) National Council on Ethics in Human Research, Report on Findings from NCEHR
Site Visits 1998-2004 (Ottawa: NCEHR
, 2005), online: NCEHR
The 2001 Regulatory Impact Statement also explicitly recognizes that there is currently no accreditation system for REBs and that Health Canada is looking into implementing such system in conjunction with CIHR and the NCEHR
The continuing absence of professional interest in Canada in developing an oversight mechanism to review the work of REBs prompted NCEHR
to create the Task Force to Study Models of Accreditation for Research Ethics Boards in Canada in November 1999.
45) The National Council on Ethics in Human Research (NCEHR
) site assessment visits focus mostly on the ethical review process: on assisting institutions in reviewing strengths and weaknesses of their current system of ethics review, to enable REBs and NCEHR
to learn from each other, to foster dialogue and understanding of the utility and limits of national ethical guidelines and to develop a national database on findings from the site-visit process.