23 Ethics Review Office Annual Report 2004 2005

 PDAD&C #23, 2005-06


To: Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
From: John R.G. Challis, Vice-President, Research and Associate Provost
Date: October 7, 2005
Re: Ethics Review Office Annual Report 2004-2005

Enclosed is the Ethics Review Office (ERO)’s Annual Report for 2004-2005.  The ERO has had a very productive year on several fronts, including guideline development, ethics review of protocol submissions, implementation of new educational initiatives, and creation of new programs in oversight and accountability 

They have had several highlights throughout the year, topped off with the very successful REB retreat in May 2005.  This involved a day-long event for members of all 5 Research Ethics Boards, and provided information and continuing education.  The retreat also served as a day of appreciation for their excellent work over the course of the year.  Many members found the REB retreat interesting and important, and we look forward to this being an annual event, as part of the “Recruitment, Retention and Recognition” initiative. 

Central to this initiative is the recruitment of members.  We have established a new practice, which involves the assistance of the Deans in nominating members of the relevant departments to serve on the REB.  We believe that by recruiting in this manner, we are not only facilitating the ethics review process, but are helping to promote a culture of research ethics within the University’s research community.

The year ahead will be a challenging and exciting one.  We look forward to your continued support.