Ontario Cancer Research Ethics Board (OCREB)

Ontario Cancer Research Ethics Board (OCREB)

A research ethics board (REB) is an independent, multi-disciplinary committee that reviews the ethical acceptability of research involving humans. Working within a defined regulatory and ethical framework, the REB's role is to safeguard the rights and welfare of the individuals who volunteer to participate in research.

Since January 2004, the Ontario Cancer Research Ethics Board (OCREB), a centralized, expert oncology REB, has been working with researchers, institutions and sponsors to safeguard the rights and welfare of research participants in Ontario while advancing ethically sound cancer research.

The composition of an REB and its collective expertise in ethical and scientific issues provides assurances that it can carry out its responsibilities effectively and independently. Each REB member has a specific role, bringing a variety of experience and perspectives to the ethics review. To meet the challenges of multi-centre oncology clinical trials, OCREB's membership is gathered from across Ontario, and includes medical, surgical and radiation oncologists, advanced practice nurses and clinical trial coordinators, informed community members, individuals with cancer and family members of individuals with cancer, and experts in ethics, statistics, pharmacology and law, including privacy. 

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