Legal Representation on the Nova Scotia Health Authority Research Ethics Board
Recruitment of Legal Members for the Nova Scotia Health Research Ethics Board
The Nova Scotia Health Authority Research Ethics Board (NSHA REB) is recruiting new members to fill the role of legal representatives. The NSHA REB’s primary mandate is to approve the initiation of and conduct periodic reviews of research studies involving NSHA 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 Health Canada 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 NSHA REB is currently in need of three 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 NSHA REB 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 NSHA REB please contact Nadine Gillam, Research Ethics Office Administrative Coordinator to set up an appointment with the Office Manager.
Room 118, Centre for Clinical Research
5790 University Avenue
Halifax, NS B3H 1V7