CANREC is the Caribbean Network of Research Ethics Committees. It is a network established by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) with the cooperation of Research Ethics Committees (RECs/IRBs) across the CARPHA member states.
CARPHA is the principal regional institution responsible for defining and responding to the public health priorities of its twenty-four (24) member states. Health research is strongly supported by CARPHA as such research is imperative to mitigate the perennial challenges to human health and well-being in the region. Good health is required for productivity and development in member states.
International research ethics guidelines require that all research with human participants be submitted for the ethical review of the research protocol by a research ethics committee having jurisdictional responsibility for the location in which the proposed research will be conducted. CANREC members are such research ethics committees within the region.
Membership in CANREC is open to all institutional and national RECs in CARPHA member states.
Provide a sustainable infrastructure for research ethics committees within CARPHA member states to promote, exchange, and cooperate intra-regionally and internationally in matter of research and research ethics.
Provide harmonization of multidisciplinary ethical reviews between network members to improve the protection of human participants in all aspects of research involving human beings, human material and data.
Lend support as appropriate to the development of capacity for the ethical review of research in the areas of environmental health, biosafety, and animal welfare.
Augment sharing of information and intellectual resources, policies, and review strategies among network members.
An Executive Committee elected from members of CANREC provides technical guidance and oversight for the work of CANREC. The executive committee constitutes five (5) members elected to serve a 2 - 3 year term. The Research Ethics Secretariat of CARPHA is responsible for coordinating the work of CANREC and communicating with member RECs/IRBs about pertinent matters.