System Updates:

  • July 23, 2021:  System Error Notification:  Auto Submit not working as expectedclick here for more details
  • July 7, 2021:  Navigation changes for research teams

COVID-19 Coronavirus

During the current COVID-19 pandemic situation researchers need to consider their in-person interactions with participants/patients.  You are reminded to follow your institutional/public health policies for participant/patient management.

Should your current protocol or study design require revision to now include alternate forms of interaction with participants/patients (whether consent or study visits), you will still need to submit an amendment to the HiREB.  If you need to implement changes to eliminate immediate hazards for staff or participants, then such a change would be reported to us as a protocol deviation.

Please note the HiREB will process these amendments as priority.

Recent FAQs

How do I manage privacy concerns when using video conferencing like Zoom?

Apps like Zoom, Webex, and MSTeams can be used, but privacy risks must be disclosed to participants in the consent.  For Information, see 'Video Conferencing and Consent Guideline' in the 'Forms and Templates' tab on the hireb website

I have just obtained the last signature on my application. Is the application then automatically submitted in the eREB system?

YES!  As of March 03, 2020 new forms have been published enabling the auto submission action.  Once all signatures have been obtained the sytsem will automatically submit the application or sub form to the HiREB.

Signatures for persons that have access to personal health information are no longer required ?

As of March 03, 2020 the LPI no longer has to obtain signatures on the Retrospective Review of Medical Charts& Health Data application, Prospective Database Research application or the Human Tissue Research application.  With the exception of the LPI you will need to have on file a completed Confidentiality Agreement-Study Member form for each person who will be reviewing/abstraction medical records/charts/health data or who will have access to this identifiable data.  This form can be located on the website on the eREB page.

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Disclaimer: The Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board (HiREB) represents the institutions of Hamilton Health Sciences, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Research St. Joseph's-Hamilton, and the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University and operates in compliance with and is constituted in accordance with the requirements of: The Tri-Council Policy Statement on Ethical Conduct of Research Involving Humans; The International Conference on Harmonization of Good Clinical Practices; Part C Division 5 of the Food and Drug Regulations of Health Canada,  and the provisions of the Ontario Personal Health Information Protection Act 2004 and its applicable Regulations; For studies conducted at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, HiREB complies with the Health Ethics Guide of the Catholic Alliance of Canada