Committee for Harmonized Health Impact, Privacy, and Ethics Review
As of January 1, 2022, RITHIM has launched, in order to comply with the changes to the Personal Health Information Act (PHIA) and allow for necessary changes to policies and procedures within stakeholder organizations to occur. To support research, temporary changes have been minimized during this initial implementation of RITHIM.
The full RITHIM program, including the electronic Provincial Research Administration System (PRAS) will be implemented later in 2022.
For the initial implementation, this means that the Committee for Harmonized Health Impact, Privacy, and Ethics Review (CHIPER) is responsible for ensuring that Research Ethics Boards have approved a research project prior to the Provincial Health Research Privacy Committee (PHRPC) review and decision.
The form and mandate of CHIPER will evolve with the full implementation of the RITHIM Program.
CHIPER is an independent, multidisciplinary committee consisting of health professionals, members of the scientific community, and experts in ethics, privacy and access to data.
CHIPER’s mandate is to provide robust reviews of health research ethics as outlined in the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS2) and privacy in compliance with PHIA, and to streamline the process for operational impact reviews. CHIPER will conduct reviews of research protocols to ensure that researchers adhere to ethical principles with respect to the conduct of research and the access, collection, and storage of personal health information.