Streamlining Health Research Processes in Manitoba
Paving the way for health research in Manitoba through harmonizing processes for ethics, privacy and institutional impact review.
RITHIM is a provincial initiative involving multiple stakeholders to improve time-to-conduct for health research in Manitoba.
RITHIM is unique across Canada in that it will harmonize ethics, privacy and institutional impact review processes, creating a more efficient process for health research reviews in Manitoba.
January 1st, 2022 is a key milestone and important step for the RITHIM program, as the PHIA amendments that enable the new harmonized process will be proclaimed.
Through frequent consultations with community stakeholders, we seek to support the research community in Manitoba by reducing application complexity through the creation of a new online system.
Many complex applications -> One.
The privacy and security of research data and personal health information is vital to protect. With experts in ethics and privacy participating on our CHIPER Committee, we will ensure that all health research conducted in Manitoba is aligned with the standards identified in the Personal Health Information Act (PHIA).
Through ongoing engagement with local, national and international partners focused on health research ethics and privacy, we aim to continuously improve and support Manitoba's research community.
RITHIM will provide transparency through the tracking of applications in the new electronic system and through regular reporting on CHIPER activities and the system. We will review our policies and guidelines to ensure that RITHIM remains flexible and adaptable to the changing needs of the research community in Manitoba.