Patient-centered research for better health and healthcare

Research review

All research protocols conducted at St. Mary’s Hospital Center must be registered with the Research Review Office, and must be reviewed and approved by the Research Ethics Committee (REC) of St. Mary’s Hospital Center. 

Projects may not begin until they have received a letter of Full Institutional Approval from the St. Mary’s Research Review Office. Our staff is available to guide you through all of the important steps of submitting your protocol for review.

Research review office
Research ethics committee (REC)
Regulatory framework
Research privileges

Research review office:

The Research Review Office is located in room 4710 in the Norma and Robert Hayes Pavilion(“Annex”). The Senior Ethics Officer (SEO) coordinates the entire protocol submission and review process. The SEO can be reached by email or at (514) 345-3511 ext. 3698.              

Research ethics committee (REC):

The Research Ethics Committee (REC) is an administrative body established to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects in research activities conducted under the auspices of the Hospital.
The REC is under the authority of the Board of Directors of the St. Mary’s and operates independently of the Research Centre. Please click here to view the current membership of the REC.      

Regulatory framework in health research:

The Regulatory Framework incorporates an integrated set of research policy and procedures, in keeping with the Plan d’action ministériel en éthique de la recherche et en intégrité scientifique, and the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethics Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS).

St. Mary’s researchers are required to follow the procedures described in the Regulatory Framework, as approved research at St. Mary’s becomes the responsibility of the Hospital.

Please refer to the abridged version of the Regulatory Framework for the conduct of research at St. Mary's Hospital Center. This version provided a brief summary of the main research policies at St. Mary's Hospital Center. To access the full version of the Framework, please contact the Research Review Office at (514) 345-3511 ext. 3698.           

NOTE: A new regulatory framework for the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux de l'Ouest-de-l'Île-de-Montréal (CIUSSS ODIM) is currently in development.

Research privileges

Granting research privileges ensures the integrity of research being conducted at St. Mary’s and enables our institution to provide better oversight and protection for research participants.  The Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS) requires that our institution grant research privileges to staff members and affiliated clinicians who wish to lead research at St. Mary’s.  Implementing a mechanism to grant research privileges is a condition of maintaining the St. Mary’s Research Ethics Committee’s designation under Article 21 of the Quebec Civil Code, which allows our committee to review research projects recruiting minors and incompetent adults. For more information, please visit the section dedicated to research privileges.

Contact information

Research Review Office
3830 Avenue Lacombe, Hayes Pavilion, suite 4710
Montreal (Quebec) H3T 1M5
Telephone: (514) 345-3511 ext. 3698
Fax: (514) 734-2652

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