Multicentre Studies


In light of the new regulatory framework  (the Cadre de référence des établissements publics du réseau de la santé et des services sociaux pour l’autorisation d’une recherche menée dans plus d’un établissement)  particular regulations apply to research taking place in more than one public institution within Quebec‘s health and social services network (reseau de santé et services sociaux - RSSS).

Since February 1, 2015:

  • Any research project taking place in more than one public institution within the RSSS, undergoes only one ethics review and approval by a designated reviewing REB from within the RSSS.  This review will be recognized by all institutions within the RSSS where the research will take place.
  • An institutional feasibility review must be done at each participating institution.
  • An authorization to conduct the research must be obtained from each participating institution before any research procedures are carried out at that site.  This authorization is granted by the “person mandated by the institution to authorize research“  (hereafter PM), at the investigator‘s institution.


The MUHC REB is a committee designated by the Minister of Health and Social Services of Quebec; therefore it is authorized to act as a reviewing REB (rREB) for multicenter research projects. 

The person mandated by the MUHC

The PM ensures that a local review of the feasibility of the project is carried out and authorizes all studies at the MUHC.  Me. Marie Hirtle has been named PM by the MUHC Board of Directors.

For more information about the evaluation process for multicenter projects involving the MUHC
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