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The mandate of the Committee is to provide advice to the Vice-President, Research & International Affairs about administrative and policy matters related to research involving human participants.


  • Vice-President (Research & International Affairs), Chair MUARCHE
  • Associate Vice-President (Research), Vice-Chair MUARCHE
  • Vice President of Research & Academic, St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton
  • Associate Dean, Research, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University
  • Chair, McMaster Research Ethics Board
  • Chair, Hamilton Health Sciences/Faculty of Health Sciences Research Ethics Board
  • Chair, St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton Research Ethics Board
  • Director, Research Services, McMaster University
  • Administrator, Committee on Scientific Development, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University
  • Director of Research, Hamilton Health Sciences
  • Associate Director, Office of Research Services

Additional members may be added at the discretion of the Vice-President, Research & International Affairs


The Committee is chaired by the Vice-President, Research & International Affairs. The Associate Vice-President Research serves as Vice-Chair

Terms of Reference

1. Facilitates communications between McMaster University and its affiliated hospitals, Hamilton Health Science and St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton, with respect to research ethics issues, policies and procedures;

2. Serve as the forum for identifying, prioritizing and addressing substantive issues related to ethics review and compliance, with each institution responsible for administering its own resolutions.

3. Serve as the primary institutional liaison with external organizations concerning McMaster University’s policies and procedures for research involving human participants;

4. Provide advice to the Research Ethics Boards of McMaster University and its affiliated hospitals with respect to the development of educational programs for their respective research communities;

5. Identifies opportunities for and facilitates the co-ordination of joint research ethics initiatives and activities among McMaster University and its affiliated hospitals;

6. Review and assess the ethics guidelines, review process and procedures and resource allocations supporting the Research Ethics Boards for quality assurance purposes; and

7. Review and assess institutional resource requirements need for the administration of human research ethics to meet the research ethics mandate.


A minimum of two meetings will be held per year. Additional meetings may be called at the discretion of the Chair. Quorum will constitute 50% of the members.

-September 5, 2007