Recruitment of External Research Ethics Board Members

The Health Canada and Public Health Agency of Canada Research Ethics Board welcomes membership applications from interested individuals at any time. Current recruitment opportunities are listed below. If there are no openings, applications will be kept on file for future consideration.


The REB membership is intended to ensure that the REB has the expertise and independence essential for conducting competent research ethics reviews. The REB consists of nine regular and nine alternate members with expertise in the following areas:

  • Two members with knowledge/expertise in research ethics;
  • One member with knowledge/expertise in law;
  • One member from Health Canada with methodological knowledge/expertise in Health Canada research;
  • One member from PHAC with methodological knowledge/expertise in PHAC research;
  • One member external to Health Canada and PHAC with broad methodological knowledge/expertise in both Health Canada and PHAC research;
  • One member with broad expertise in public health;
  • One member recruited from the community (general population) served by Health Canada and PHAC; and
  • One member from the Indigenous community.

Members are appointed by the Deputy Minister of Health and the President of PHAC. The mandate for each member is for three years and is renewable.

All REB member positions are voluntary and no financial remuneration is offered. However, travel, accommodation expenses, parking and other authorized REB meeting expenses are reimbursed through the REB Secretariat.

Responsibilities of REB members

The REB members review the ethical acceptability of research projects, reflecting on, for example, potential risks and benefits; respect for, and protection of, research participants; and relevance and rigour of the research.

The following expectations, qualities and skills are required of all members to ensure quorum and optimal group dynamic:

  • Be available and willing to commit time for board meetings (including preparation time);
  • Participate actively in discussions with other REB members, providing input to research applications/protocols and input in drafting REB documents and procedures;
  • Be a team player – present views and opinions clearly and directly, contribute constructively to debate and possess skills that promote working effectively together;
  • Listen attentively and respectfully to other members; and
  • Consider complex issues thoughtfully and objectively.

REB meeting attendance

The full REB meets monthly (except for August), either by teleconference or face-to-face in Ottawa. Quorum requires that at least five members (regular or alternate) be present, including one member knowledgeable in ethics, one member knowledgeable in law, one member from the community, and two members with expertise in relevant research disciplines, fields and methodologies covered by the REB. All regular and alternate members are invited to the two-day meeting held each June, which includes a focus on REB member training in addition to the regular research ethics review work.

All REB members (regular and alternate) are also expected to participate on a rotating basis in delegated review meetings (typically three or four per year). Delegated review meetings are held weekly by teleconference (biweekly in July and August) and consist of the Chair (or Deputy Chair) and one other REB member.

Current opportunities

There are no openings at this time.


Individuals who would like to apply to become an REB member should send their curriculum vitae along with a covering letter outlining their interest and how they meet the criteria to:

Dr. Gregory Huyer
Manager, Health Canada-PHAC REB Secretariat
Tel: 613-941-5199

We thank all those who apply.

Only applicants chosen for an interview will be contacted.

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