About CANREC

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.

 

AIMS:

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.

 

MODUS OPERANDI:
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.

 

Contact CANREc Secretariat

c/o Dr. Derrick Aarons MD, PhD - Ethicist
or
Ms. Kevah Alexander - Administrative Assistant
Policy, Planning and Research Unit
The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)
16-18 Jamaica Blvd
Federation Park
Port of Spain
Trinidad & Tobago
Tel: (868) 622-4261/299-0895
Fax: (868) 622-2792
Email: aaronsde@carpha.org    or   alexanke@carpha.org

Terms of Reference

1. Establishment of the Network
 The Network is established by the cooperation of Research Ethics Committees across the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) Member States.

 

2. Purpose of the Network
To provide a sustainable infrastructure for research ethics committees within CARPHA member states to promote, exchange, and cooperate intra-regionally and internationally in matters of research and research ethics.
To 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.
To lend support as appropriate to the development of capacity for the ethical review of research in the areas of environmental health, biosafety and animal care.
To augment sharing of information and intellectual resources, policies, and review strategies among network members.

 

3. Objectives of the Network
Collect information on research ethics committees in CARPHA member states to build a basis for mutual exchange
Collect, evaluate, and share training materials and related information for research ethics committee members to enhance the quality of protocol review
Facilitate exchanges of knowledge, ‘know-how’, and information among network members
Provide technical assistance/advice on matters related to research ethics in CARPHA member states, in conjunction with CARPHA
Facilitate the  ethical review of multi-country studies in conjunction with CARPHA
Conduct capacity-building to facilitate the development of national research ethics committee networks
Identify emerging ethical issues to develop common solutions for challenges posed by new technologies and scientific methodologies
Provide a Regional Registry for all research approved in the region served by CARPHA member states

4. Membership Composition
Membership shall be open to all national, regional, and institutional research ethics committees in CARPHA member states.

 

5. Modus Operandi of the Network
 The Secretariat of the Network shall reside in the Ethics Unit within the Office of the Executive Director, the Caribbean Public Health Agency.   An Executive Committee elected by members of CANREC shall provide technical guidance and oversight of the work of CANREC.  The Executive Committee shall constitute five (5) members on staggered terms to ensure continuity and be elected by CANREC members every two 2 - 3 years.  The Ethics Unit Secretariat, upon advice and direction of the Executive Committee and CARPHA, shall be responsible for coordinating the work of the network and communicating with member RECs about pertinent matters.   A webpage for the Network shall be established and maintained by the Caribbean Public Health Agency on its website.