Veritas IRB - overview

By: Veritas Irb  09-12-2011
Keywords: clinical research, Human Research Protection Programs


Established in 1996, Veritas IRB is an experienced and transparent Independent Review Board (IRB) committed to ensuring the safety and rights of research participants, the unbiased supervision of studies, and the conduct of research according to the highest standards of ethical and clinical practice.

Veritas IRB operates and is managed  as a non-profit division of ethica Clinical Research Inc. and all surpluses arising from its services are re-invested into research ethics and research participant protection initiatives.


Veritas IRB is the only Canadian-based IRB to be fully-accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP).  Working with an AAHRPP-accredited IRB provides research organizations with many benefits, including:

  • Reliable, credible, high-quality data resulting from continuous quality improvement initiatives
  • Reduction or elimination of delays and confusion as a result of better record-keeping and highly efficient operations
  • Elimination of costly shutdowns, duplicative inspections, and misinterpretation of regulations
  • Increased public trust in research overseen by accredited organizations that give priority to the well-being of research participants

Mission Statement

Veritas IRB abides by the following guiding ethical principles:

  • Bring more good than harm
  • Ensure scientific validity and pertinence
  • Respect individual autonomy
  • Respect vulnerable persons
  • Respect the principle of justice
  • Ensure the non-commodification of the human body
  • Respect privacy and confidentiality

Keywords: clinical research, Human Research Protection Programs

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Veritas IRB - hrppd

Develop a structure by which employees, partners, and suppliers understand the set principles and standards, know their responsibilities, and are accountable for maintaining the pre-established standards. Since drug research and development necessarily involves risk, this risk must be managed through careful planning, which necessitates the development of a Human Research Protection Program.


Veritas IRB - administration

If you choose to submit your study documentation by mail or courier, our administrative staff requires only one copy of at the time of submission, thus removing the administrative burden normally placed on you by other IRBs to produce multiple copies for board members. Administrative staff” refers to employees who work with the ethics board of Veritas IRB, but who are not members of the board itself.


Veritas IRB - compliance

Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences International Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research Involving Human Subjects. World Health Organization Operational Guidelines for Ethics Committees that Review Biomedical Research. Division 5 of Part C of the Food and Drug Regulations of Health Canada. Mexican General Health Law, Title V, Articles 96-103. World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki.


Veritas IRB - feasibility assessment

Our team of research professionals and consultants, as well as members of the Veritas IRB, can assist you with the development of innovative study designs and procedures by providing you with an initial ethics feasibility assessment. Feasibility assessments are very useful as they allow you to benefit from the insight of the IRB at the development stage of your study protocol. Clinical trials involving alternative medicine procedures.


Veritas IRB - services

Veritas IRB meets weekly and provides the following services as part of its standard ethical review and oversight program. Well-organized approval forms clearly identify the documentation reviewed and the decisions taken on each document. Adherence to AAHRPP-accredited procedures ensuring protection of research participant welfare and rights. On-call consultation with our knowledgeable staff on all aspects of study submission and review.


Veritas IRB - irb memberships

The Veritas IRB is a multidisciplinary group comprised of men and women with extensive knowledge of clinical research, medicine, dentistry, pharmacology, biomedical sciences, genomics, alternative medicine/natural health, ethics, law, and social sciences.