If you’re an Investigator conducting a clinical trial at multiple sites in Ontario, please read on and consider the benefits of a streamlined ethics review through Clinical Trials Ontario.
Hamilton Health Sciences, McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton are pleased to announce that our respective institutions are participating in the new Streamlined Research Ethics Review System pioneered by Clinical Trials Ontario.
Clinical Trials Ontario is an independent not-for-profit organization established by the Government of Ontario, whose mandate is to provide a streamlined approach to conducting multi-centre clinical trials in Ontario, while maintaining the highest ethical standards for participant protection.
The vision for Clinical Trials Ontario is to make Ontario a preferred location for global clinical trials, by streamlining the research ethics approval process to a single review province-wide.
Our participation in this initiative is two-fold. First, our hospital sites are now covered under agreements to participate in the Clinical Trial Ontario Streamlined Research Ethics Review System if they want to. This is entirely optional for our Investigators. For those interested (the CTO Streamlined System can be used for both Industry-sponsored and Investigator-initiated multi-centre clinical trials and health research), Clinical Trials Ontario offers targeted webinars on how research teams (e.g., Investigators and study coordinators) will work with the CTO Streamlined Research Ethics Review System.
Further, after a review of operations, personnel and facilities, our joint research ethics board, HiREB (Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board) has been deemed a Qualified REB via the Clinical Trials Ontario REB Qualification Program. This means that HiREB can now provide ethical review and oversight of multi-centre clinical research on behalf of multiple research sites across the province, within the CTO Streamlined System.
We are proud of our involvement in this new streamlined approach to reduce the time and administrative burden involved in initiating research across multiple sites in Ontario.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Clinical Trials Ontario Streamlined Research Ethics Review Process
1. What is Clinical Trials Ontario?
Clinical Trials Ontario (CTO) is an independent organization established with support from the Government of Ontario in 2012. Its mandate is to provide a streamlined approach to conducting multi-centre clinical trials in the province.
2. What is the new CTO Streamlined Research Ethics Review System?
The current approach in Ontario has been to conduct a research ethics review at
each and every public research institution that is participating in the same clinical
trial. The new CTO Streamlined System allows one single ethical review to be conducted for a clinical trials taking place at multiple research institutions.
3. What are the advantages of the new system to Investigators and Institutions?
The new system reduces the time and effort required to obtain ethics review across multiple sites in Ontario.
4. I am Investigator who is initiating a clinical trial. Does the new system cover all
types of clinical research?
The CTO Streamlined System can be used for both industry-sponsored and
investigator-initiated multi-centre clinical trials and health research.
5. What learning opportunities are available for me as an Investigator or Member
of a Research Team?
Clinical Trials Ontario offers free targeted webinars to Investigators and Research Staff.
Check out the upcoming webinars here:
6. Who can I contact for more information on using the Clinical Trials Ontario
Please contact Katie Porter, Director of Research Administration at Hamilton
Health Sciences. firstname.lastname@example.org 905-521-2100, ext. 74559.