CTO’s REB Qualification Program promotes a high level of trust by ensuring that research ethics boards (REBs) meet a minimum standard for clinical trials and observational health studies in Ontario and Canada. During the qualification process, CTO reviews the operations, documentation, personnel and facilities to ensure the REB meets the applicable regulations and standards. Obtaining CTO REB Qualification allows institutions and REBs to feel confident delegating ethics review and oversight to one other.
REB uses the appropriate Qualification Checklist to review their Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
REB contacts CTO when they’re ready to begin the qualification process, generally 6-8 weeks prior to the desired on-site visit. Once a date has been agreed upon for the two-day on-site visit, CTO will develop a Site Visit Plan (SVP), which acts as the agenda for the visit. At least two weeks prior to the on-site visit, the REB must provide the completed preliminary materials, including copies of written Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and other supporting documents.
The on-site review consists of: