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Health Research Ethics Board (HREB)

All research at Covenant Health must be reviewed by a Health Information Act (HIA) designated ethics board.  Covenant Health utilizes the HREB at the University of Alberta, in accordance with a Tri-partite agreement between Alberta Health Services, Covenant Health, and the University of Alberta.

The HREB utilizes the Research Ethics and Management On-line (REMO) system, Resources include a working ‘Sandbox’ to trial the system, templates and guidance documents, and regularly held workshops.  Information is available for these on the REMO site.


Provincial Ethics Harmonization Initiative

In March 2014, Covenant Health participated with our ACRC partners in signing a provincial reciprocity agreement. Although the primary ethics board for Covenant Health research remains at the University of Alberta HREB, ethics reviews from other Health Information Act (HIA) designated boards in Alberta will be accepted as equivalent. This is important for Covenant Health researchers who have an academic association with (e.g., University of Calgary), and who intend to conduct research at Covenant Health facilities. Previous to this agreement, these researchers would have had to apply to two boards (e.g., the University of Alberta HREB and the University of Calgary HREBA), where now only one application is required.

HIA designated boards include:

Confused about where to apply for your research project?  Access a "Where to Apply" document, or reference the Alberta Innovates website.


Tri-Council Policy Statement, Version 2 (TCPS2)

The TCPS2 is the official policy statement for the Government of Canada tri-councils, and is used by all ethics board to inform research reviews.  Go to the latest 2014 version of the TCPS2 

Visit the TCPS2 on-line tutorial which is recommended for new researchers 


Health Ethics Guide

Covenant Health is a member of the Catholic Health Alliance of Canada, and follows the Health Ethics Guide, 3rd ed., released in 2012.  

If you have concerns about complying with the Health Ethics Guide and/or require assistance with understanding the Guide, you can contact the Covenant Health Ethics Centre.



ARRECI is a network of practitioners, agencies and organizations dedicated to the evolution and implementation of the ARRECCI framework and tools to fill a gap in ethics reviews.

If you are undertaking a quality improvement or evaluation project, the ARRECI guides and tools are available to establish any ethical risk. Find further information and to access the tools.