Fasken – Fasken is a leading international business law and litigation firm with 700 lawyers in offices in Canada, the United Kingdom, France and South Africa. They provide strategic advice to a broad range of clients including corporate clients, government agencies, regulatory authorities and not-for-profit bodies. Their Health Law Practice Group consists of a multidisciplinary team of health law experts experienced in addressing the complexities of health care delivery, administration, technology and regulation for both public and private health sector organizations. Fasken has sponsored the CRPBC since 1998 and has provided sessions on legal aspects relating to clinical research such as research contracts, privacy law and employment law. CRPBC meetings are generously hosted by Fasken at their downtown Vancouver offices.

LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services – LifeLabs provides laboratory testing services, which help physicians and other healthcare providers in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of disease and illness in patients.  LifeLabs can provide specialized laboratory service for clinical research projects, either collection with shipping to central laboratories or local testing.

The British Columbia Clinical Research Infrastructure Network (BCCRIN) was formed in April 2010 as a response to the trend of decreasing industry sponsored clinical trials in Canada and the declining government support for clinical research in BC.

Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner – The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC) is independent from government and monitors and enforces British Columbia’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) and Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA). FIPPA allows access to information held by public bodies (such as ministries, universities and hospitals) and determines how public bodies may collect, use and disclose personal information. PIPA sets out how private organizations (including businesses, charities, associations and labour organizations) may collect, use and disclose personal information.

Natural Health Products Directorate – As part of the Health Products and Food Branch of Health Canada, the Natural Health Products Directorate (NHPD) is the regulating authority for natural health products for sale in Canada. Our role is to ensure that Canadians have ready access to natural health products that are safe, effective and of high quality while respecting freedom of choice and philosophical and cultural diversity.

Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA) is a not-for-profit, professional organization dedicated to the continuing education and development of clinical research professionals.

Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP) is a not-for-profit, professional association comprised of more than 20,000 individuals dedicated to clinical research and development.

Health Canada Therapeutic Products Directorate contains links to resources required for sale of drug products in Canada including legislation, guidelines, applications and submissions, fees, patented medicines, drug product and company information, compliance notices and listings.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.

National Council on Ethics in Human Research (Canada) contains resources dedicated to advancing the protection and promotion of the well-being of human participants in research and fostering high ethical standards for the conduct of research involving humans.

CenterWatch is a clinical trials listing service that serves as a resource for research professionals and patients interested in participating in clinical trials.

ClinicalTrials.gov is a registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world.  ClinicalTrials.gov gives you information about a trial’s purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details. 

Declaration of Helsinki Current version 2013.

Tri Council Policy Statement 2 -The Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS or the Policy) is a joint policy of Canada’s three federal research agencies – the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), or “the Agencies.”

Good Clinical Practice – The International Conference on Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH) is unique in bringing together the regulatory authorities and pharmaceutical industry of Europe, Japan and the US to discuss scientific and technical aspects of drug registration. Since its inception in 1990, ICH has gradually evolved, to respond to the increasingly global face of drug development, so that the benefits of international harmonisation for better global health can be realised worldwide. ICH’s mission is to achieve greater harmonisation to ensure that safe, effective, and high quality medicines are developed and registered in the most resource-efficient manner.

CITI – The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program) at the University of Miami is a leading provider of research education content. Their web-based training materials serve millions of learners at academic institutions, government agencies, and commercial organizations in the U.S. and around the world.

IT STARTS WITH ME – This Canadian, clinical trials education website includes overview of clinical trials, includes things to think about or ask before deciding to participate, participant rights, and has a glossary of terms. The site is informative and hopes to create more conversation about clinical research and trials, and ultimately provide people with more information to make informed decisions about participating in a clinical trial.