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The Health Research Ethics Authority (HREA) oversees ethics review of health research by the new Health Research Ethics Board (HREB); all health research that was previously reviewed by the HIC must now be submitted to the HREA.
The Health Research Ethics Authority Act (The Act) came into force on July 1, 2011. The Act can be viewed here
. The regulation governing review of clinical trials and genetics research can be found here
The Act will require that all health research done in the province be reviewed and approved by a local (Newfoundland and Labrador) research ethics review board. The Health Research Ethics Authority (HREA) oversees ethics review of health research by the Health Research Ethics Board (HREB) or an approved health research ethics review body.
The HREA will
ensure that all health research involving human subjects within the province is conducted in an ethical manner;
enhance public awareness of the ethical dimension of health research involving human subjects;
appoint the members of the provincial Health Research Ethics Board (HREB);
approve other ethics review bodies in the province; and
maintain an inventory of all human health research conducted in the province.
The HREA will consult with the public through an advisory committee of persons from across the province appointed by the Minister of Health and Community Services.
The Health Research Ethics Board appointed by the Authority will
be responsible for the ethical review and approval of applications for health research projects involving human subjects;
review all clinical trials and all genetics research (other health research may be reviewed by other approved ethics review bodies); and
monitor the research activities of persons engaged in health research involving human subjects in the province.