For Research Ethics Boards (REBs)

REBs are vital in ensuring that clinical trials are conducted as safely and ethically as possible.

Clinical Trials Ontario (CTO) is putting programming in place that will reduce the overall administrative burden for REBs and enhance efficiency, while supporting high quality ethical reviews.

CTO has developed a province-wide Streamlined Research Ethics Review System that supports a single ethical review for multi-centre clinical trials. This single review can be done by any CTO Qualified REB in Ontario, on behalf of multiple institutions participating in the same clinical trial.

The dedication and participation of Ontario’s REBs has played, and will continue to play, a central role in shaping the CTO Streamlined Research Ethics Review System.

Benefits of the Streamlined Research Ethics Review System

  • Reduces the overall administrative burden for REBs and enhances efficiency, while supporting high-quality ethical reviews.
  • Harnesses the excellent research ethics review and administration capacity across our institutions.
  • Core to the Streamlined Research Ethics Review System is maintaining the highest ethical standards for participant protection.

Learn more about how CTO is streamlining the research ethics review process for multi-centre clinical trials