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Models for Communication and Collaboration

There are three models that can be used for communication and collaboration between CANREC members involved in evaluating research proposals that span their various jurisdictions. For these models to function effectively the following should be taken into consideration:

1

Review by Several RECs/IRBs

  • Committees can work together and coordinate the review;
  • A communication method or tool must be decided on;
  • The Principal Investigator (PI) should address any inconsistencies across the submissions;
  • A form must be designed on which the PI can list:
    • Names of RECs/IRBs involved;
    • Contact details for the RECs/IRBs that the research proposal to be reviewed will be submitted to, and this should be made available to all parties.
2

Review Delegated to an External or Multi-institutional REC/IRB

  • Here, the countries or institutions facilitate ethical review by one Committee, whether nationally or regionally;
  • A communication agreement (Reliance Agreement) is to be drafted and used between all the relevant committees.
3

Reciprocal REC/IRB Review

  • Here, official agreements may be used between participating RECs/IRBs to accept each other’s ethical review. This can be across the board, or on a case-by-case basis.

Notes

In choosing the appropriate review model, always consider the research context, and the characteristics of the population.

Issues to Consider

  1. The discipline & content area of the research, and availability of appropriate experience & expertise available to the reviewing RECs/IRBs;
  2. The scope of the project;
  3. The vulnerability of the study population;
  4. The particular characteristics of the local population at the individual sites, including any differences in values and cultural norms;
  5. The level of risk associated with the research;
  6. Any relevant differences in laws related to the research where the institutions are in different countries;
  7. Conflict resolution mechanisms related to decisions by the RECs/IRBs.

Communication and Collaboration Under Emergency Conditions

Aarons, D. Research in epidemic and emergency situations: A model for collaboration and expediting ethics review in two Caribbean countries. Developing World Bioethics, 2017
Members' Contact Information

Anguilla

Dr. Aisha Andrewin
c/o IRB Chair
aisha.andrewin@gov.ai

Bahamas

Ms. Janet Hall
c/o Ethics Secretariat
janethall008@yahoo.com

Barbados

Dr. Mike Campbell
c/o IRB/MOH REC Chair
dr.mike.campbell@gmail.com

Guyana

Dr. Shamdeo Persaud
c/o IRB Chair
cmoguyana@gmail.com
shamdeo@yahoo.com

St. Lucia

Dr. Sherry Ephraim-Le Compte
c/o Ethics Committee Chair
ephraim.sherry@gmail.com

St. Vincent & the Grenedines

Dr. Sherry Ephraim-Le Compte
Dr. Simone Keizer-Beache
Chief Medical Officer/ Chair - Research and Ethics Committee
Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment
skeizerbeachem@gmail.com
mosimi@vincysurf.com

cc: Dr. Tamara Bobb
Epidemiologist, Ministry of Health
tamara.bobb@hotmail.com

Trinidad & Tobago

University of the Southern Caribbean
Ms. Gersha Pierre
c/o University of the Southern Caribbean IRB Chair
pierreg@usc.edu.tt

University of Trinidad & Tobago
Dr. Vashti Singh
c/o University of Trinidad & Tobago
IRB Chair
vashti.singh@utt.edu.tt

University of the West Indies
Prof. Surendra Arjoon
c/o University of the West Indies
REC Chair
surendra.arjoon@sta.uwi.edu

North Central Regional Health Authority
Ms. Vanessa Cummings
c/o North Central Regional Health Authority Ethics
Committee Member generalmgr.ppr@ncrha.co.tt

Temporarily cc: businessplanning@ncrha.co.tt

Eastern Regional Health Authority
Dr. Cindy Ann Badaloo
Chairman
Eastern Regional Health Authority REC Chair
cindybadaloo@yahoo.com

cc: Mr. Keston Daniel
Vice Chair
kestondaniel@yahoo.com
erhapho@gmail.com

North-West Regional Health Authority
North-West Regional Health Authority REC
health.services@nwrha.co.tt

cc: lauren.maharaj@nwrha.co.tt

Antigua & Barbuda

Mr. Colin O'Keiffe
c/o IRB Chair
bewize@hotmail.com

Bermuda

Dr. Richard Fulton
c/o IRB Chair
rcfulton78@googlemail.com

cc: Dr. Shawnee Basden
Chair, BHB Research Ethics Sub-committee
Shawnee.basden@bhb.bm

Grenada

Ms. Maira Du Plessis
c/o IRB Chair
mdupless@sgu.edu

cc: Mr. Kareem Coonamsingh
IRB Adminsitrator
kcoomans@sgu.edu

Jamaica

Ministry of Health
Prof. Owen Morgan
c/o MOH Ethics Panel Chair
ostcmorgan@yahoo.com

University of the West Indies
Dr. Gillian Wharfe
c/o UWI Committee Chair
gillian.wharfe@uwinmona.edu.jm

Standards and Regualations, Ministry of Health
Mrs. Cynthia Lewis Graham
Acting Director
grahamc@moh.gov.jm

cc Ms. Elizabeth Anderson
elizabethkellyanderson2@gmail.com

Ministry of National Security
Mrs. Rochelle Clarke-Grey
c/o Ministry of National Security
Ethics Committee Chair
rochelle.grey@mns.gov.jm

University of Technology (UTech)
Mr. Balford Lewis
c/o University of Technology (UTech)
Research Ethics Committee Chair
blewis@utech.edu.jm

Suriname

Dr. Stephen Vreden
Chair of the Suriname Research Ethics Board (CMWO)
stephenvreden@yahoo.com

cc: Dr. Deborah Charles-Stijnberg
REC/IRB Secretary
debbystijn@yahoo.com

Turks & Caicos Islands

Mrs. Mary Forbes
c/o Health Research Committee Chair
wmdforbes@hotmail.com

cc: temaitland@gmail.com