Ethics - Research

Nova Scotia Health Authority Research Ethics Board

At the Nova Scotia Health Authority, all research projects involving patients, staff, resources or data are reviewed by our Research Ethics Board (REB) before the research begins.

This requirement also applies to research involving human participants, human biological materials as well as human embryos, fetuses, fetal tissue, reproductive materials and stem cells. This applies to materials derived from living and deceased individuals.

The Nova Scotia Health Authority Research Ethics Board (NSHA REB) has the authority and resources to review research protocols that will be conducted within the Nova Scotia Health Authority. Board membership includes representatives from each zone who meet via video conference on a weekly basis. The NSHA REB is a paperless enterprise and the ROMEO database is the platform for on-line submissions to complete the research ethics review process.

The goals of the NSHA REB are to:

  • Meet the requirements of the Tri-Council Policy Statement Guidelines, ICH-GCP Guidelines, and Health Canada Division 5 Food and Drug Regulations which protect the safety and well being of research participants
  • Reduce review timelines and simultaneously maintain a high quality research ethics review
  • Increase the capacity throughout the province to conduct health research of all kinds
  • Attract and retain health professionals interested in research throughout the province
  • Create a competitive research environment that attracts research to Nova Scotia

NSHA REB Submission Process Information
The NSHA REB has moved to an electronic submission process, accessed through the ROMEO electronic portal.

If you are a new research person, you must click on the Register button to create your account. Your username should be your primary email address. Once you have registered, you will receive an email with instructions on setting your password.

If you have previously submitted a study to either the IWK or the former CDHA/Multisite REBs, you will already have an account within the system.

If you are the principal investigator of a non-interventional study and you do not have a NSHA affiliation, you must have a Supervising Investigator who is affiliated with the NSHA and who will accept the overall clinical and supervisory responsibility during the conduct of the study.

If the study is a clinical trial, the principal investigator must be affiliated with the NSHA.

Here are the User Guides for Researchers and Research Coordinators on how to use to the electronic portal:

Please refer to policy Research Ethics Board Jurisdiction RS 02-001.

Note: If you require access to custodial databases, please refer to procedures for obtaining access to HDNS data. For access to data held by the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness, complete the application form.

For more information, contact:

Ken Jenkins, REB Manager
Tel:  902-473-8426

Nadine Ransome, Administrative Coordinator
Tel:  902-473-2126

Study Feasibility Assessment


Guidance Documents

Reviewer's Assessment Forms

Ethics Board Meetings