Effective January 1, 2015 Western’s Office of Research Ethics will be rolling-out a new Non-Medical Research Ethics Board (NMREB) Continued Ethics Review (CER) Form & NMREB Revision Form. Current forms will be de-activated as of December 31, 2014 at 11:59 pm. If you are currently completing a NMREB CER Form or NMREB Revision Form, please be sure to submit them via Romeo BEFORE December 31, 2014 to ensure your information is not lost.
New Continued Ethics Review (CER) Process for Non-Medical Research Ethics Board (NMREB)
To mitigate confusion surrounding the procedures of completing the annual Continuing Ethics Review (CER) form and extending the study end date, effective January 1, 2015 Western’s Office of Research Ethics (ORE) approves studies on an annual basis. If your study is ongoing for more than one year, the ORE will issue approval for one year at a time. When your study has ended you are required to submit an End-of-Study Form.
NOTE: This change results in the following:
- Investigators/study team members will no longer be required to submit amendments for study end date extensions as all studies will be approved on an annual basis. Review and approval of the annual CER forms will result in REB re-approval for the following year; and
- The ORE will no longer be processing Updated Approval submissions as approval letters will be issued for CER submissions on an annual basis.