Recruiting Legal Members for the Capital Health Research Ethics Board

The Capital Health Research Ethics Board (CHREB) is recruiting new members to fill the role of legal representatives. The CHREB’s primary mandate is to approve the initiation of and conduct periodic reviews of research studies involving Capital Health patients, staff and resources in order to protect the rights, safety and well‐being of research participants.

Legal members represent the legal and ethical perspective for research participants. Their role is to ensure that the information being provided to research participants is readable, correct and can be understood. It is not expected that legal members understand the science behind the studies. It is the responsibility of the other Board members to simplify the research study protocols so everyone understands what is happening within the study and what is expected of the research participants.

To exemplify the importance of the legal representative, it is a legal requirement by HealthCanada that a legal representative be present at all research ethics board meetings. A common point in all local, national and international regulations and guidelines is that a legal representative must be present in order to have a duly constituted research ethics board. 

The CHREB is currently in need of four new legal members. The commitment to the Board would be for a three year period requiring attendance to one meeting per month. Meetings are scheduled a year in advance and are held on Mondays from 4:00 ‐ 6:00 pm.

Members of the Board find the experience on the CHREB both informative and rewarding as they are exposed to leading edge clinical research within various health fields.

If you are interested in participating as a legal member on the CHREB please contact Ken Jenkins 902-473-8426 or via email at ken.jenkins@cdha.nshealth.ca

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