Research Improvements Through Harmonization In Manitoba

The overall goal to improve time-to-conduct for health research in Manitoba will be achieved through process improvement and harmonization.

This evolution will maintain the highest standards of ethics review and privacy protection as outlined in legislation, and aim to enhance the research environment in Manitoba and establish the best mechanisms for increasing industry investment and partnership potential.

Initiative Summary

The Manitoba Government directed Research Manitoba to investigate the potential of, and provide recommendations for, streamlining the administrative and regulatory processes related to health research and improving overall the time-to-conduct in Manitoba. A review of Manitoba’s research administrative and regulative processes took place between September 2015 and February 2016 and revealed that our processes are fragmented and uncoordinated, which leads to lengthy process cycle times and delays.

Manitoba’s current state of health research administration has not kept pace with other jurisdictions, which puts us at a national competitive disadvantage. It is anticipated that the RITHIM initiative will enhance coordination in our province allowing researchers the ability to engage in the most efficient practice of health research and in turn advance our national standing. Through process improvements and system-level changes, Manitoba will enhance efficiency while maintaining the highest standards around ethics and privacy as it relates to health research. This will make Manitoba an attractive place to conduct research and will increase opportunities for partnerships and industry investments.

In 2017, the RITHIM steering committee made a series of recommendations to government on how to harmonize processes and improve time-to-conduct. You can see those recommendations in the link below. The government accepted these recommendations and asked Research Manitoba to implement these changes.

RITHIM is a department of Research Manitoba, which will provide administrative support to the new harmonized CHIPER committee, and will prioritize continuous improvements and innovative solutions to help strengthen the health research environment in Manitoba.