Bruyère Research Institute


Determining Board of Record

The Board of Record refers to the REB that initially reviews the research project. If the Principal Investigator is a Bruyère Researcher, then the Bruyère REB is usually the BOR. If you are recruiting Bruyère patients, the Bruyère must be the BOR, and you must use our BREB form.

Is my project full-board or expedited?

The REB office will assess the risks associated with your project, and you will be informed if your project requires full-board review. For all clinical trials, full-board review is required. For lower risk projects, an expedited review may be possible.


How long will the review process take?

For low-risk (expedited) projects, the process usually takes approximately one month, if you have submitted all the required documents. 

For high-risk (full-board) projects, the process is approximately 2 months, depending on the submission of researcher responses, and the submission of documents.

If I’m a student, does that make me the Primary Investigator or Responsible Site Investigator? 

If you are a student, and are leading a project, then you will be the Primary Investigator, with your supervisor listed as the Responsible Site Investigator.

Does a case study require ethics approval? 

Generally, no, a case study does not require ethics approval. However, you must contact the Privacy Office to ensure you have received the necessary approvals, regardless of your patient(s) signing a consent form.


What if my student has left, but I still want to keep the project open?

You may renew the project, explaining that recruitment and data collection is not currently active, but will be once you find another student to take over the project.


If I’m recruiting both French and English participants, do I have to submit my documents to the REB in both languages?

Yes, you do need to submit all documents that the participant will read in both languages. However, due to translation costs, you may submit documents in English, and once you have received REB requested changes/feedback, go ahead and have them translated. After everything has been translated, please submit all documents to the REB for project approval. Please note, the REB cannot give ethical approval until all documents have been submitted for review.


Do acknowledgement requests require an amendment/addendum form?

No, a cover letter is sufficient for an acknowledgement request.


Will provincial research ethics training be accepted in lieu of the TCPS 2 certificate?

No, the REB requires the TCPS 2 certificate (issued within the last 5 years) for all researchers and staff.