Minutes of the Research Ethics Board March 20, 2006
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Minutes of the Research Ethics Board March 20, 2006 Strand Hall 3171 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. OPEN SESSION Present: Bruce Whittlesea, Psychology (Chair) John McDonald, Psychology Felix Breden, Biological Sciences Bill Melville, External Member Margit Nance, External Member Margaret MacDonald, Education Maureen Hoskyn, Education Joan Hu, Statistics and Actuarial Sciences Steven Kates, Business Administration Sandra Wong, Reference Division, Library Sasha Uhlmann, Faculty of Health Sciences, student representative Barb Ralph, Ethics Officer Hal Weinberg, Director, Office of Research Ethics Absent: Charles Krieger, Kinesiology 1. Approval of the Agenda Moved and Seconded, “That the Agenda of March 20, 2006 be approved as circulated.” Carried. 2. Approval of the Draft Minutes of February 20, 2006. Moved and Seconded, “That the Draft Minutes of February 20, 2006 be approved as circulated.” Carried. Minutes of the Research Ethics Board March 20, 2006 Page 2. 3. Report from the Chair There was no report from the Chair 4. Report from Board Members There were no reports from Board Members 5. DORE Report The Director, Office of Research Services from UBC has approached SFU to request to harmonize the ethics application forms with all universities in B.C. This would result in a considerable modification of SFU’s consent forms. The V.P. Research does not agree with harmonizing the forms. The NIH Policy: The National Institute of Health has informed SFU that it is the responsibility of the researcher to ensure the biological safety of the protocol. The new procedure is to send to Occupational Health and Safety, any questions that might be related to the safety of the participants. NIH has relinquished responsibility for the safety of any procedure and is now identifying the researcher and the responsible individual. The risks must be identified by the researcher and conveyed to the participant. This statement came as a result of the REB’s request to NIH following up on a faculty member’s protocol. The consensus of the members was that no request will be made to the V.P. Research regarding inclusion of responsibility on the Terms of Reference of the BioSafety Committee. Update on submission of revisions to Policy R20.01. There is no update to report. H. Weinberg reminded the members that the Office of Research Ethics is moving toward a new database system, 4D. J. McDonald reported that the application will continue to include the Information Document which would be an additional part to the Consent Form and would reference the Consent statement. The Chair will set aside ½ hour at the next REB meeting for the review of these documents. 6. Other Business There was no other business. Minutes of the Research Ethics Board March 20, 2006 Page 3. Moved and seconded, “That the meeting adjourn” The meeting adjourned at 3:15 p.m.