Who protects participants in clinical trials?

It is a Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre policy to have a research ethics board to ensure that all health research activities involving human subjects or human materials being conducted within or on behalf of Sunnybrook meet current scientific, regulatory and ethical standards for the protection of research participants.

The research ethics board is an independent committee of members including the following:

  • members of the hospital (faculty, students and employees) who are actively involved in health-related research, or are knowledgeable and interested in research ethics;
  • members of the community; and
  • others who are knowledgeable in relevant law, research ethics and privacy issues.

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