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/IRB having jurisdictional responsibility for the location in which the proposed research will be conducted. CANREC members are such research ethics committees/IRBs within the region.
Membership in CANREC is open to all institutional and national RECs/IRBs in CARPHA member states.