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PHRPC Overview

Provincial Health Research Privacy Committee

On January 1, 2022, the Health Information Privacy Committee (HIPC) was replaced with the Provincial Health Research Privacy Committee (PHRPC). Changes to the PHIA legislation (the Personal Health Information Act) came into effect and enabled the implementation of initial changes toward a harmonized health research approval process, which will improve time-to-conduct research in Manitoba. PHRPC  is administered by Research Manitoba as part of the Research Improvements Through Harmonization In Manitoba (RITHIM) initiative to harmonize reviews of research projects in Manitoba.

PHRPC reviews all health research projects that request or require use of personal health information held by any Manitoba trustee, including government and government agencies, and render a decision (i.e., approved, conditionally approved or not approved/requires revision).

The PHIA amendments require PHRPC to receive satisfactory confirmation that the proposed research project has been approved by the Committee for Harmonized Health Impact, Ethics and Privacy Review (CHIPER) prior to its own decision.  CHIPER has also been established on January 1, 2022.

More changes to research review processes will be introduced when the electronic Provincial Research Administration System (PRAS) and the full RITHIM program mandate are implemented later in 2022.


For more information about the Committees:

Health Information Privacy Committee

Manitoba Health

4037 - 300 Carlton Street

Winnipeg, MB  R3B 3M9

Email address: HIPC@gov.mb.ca


Provincial Health Research Privacy Committee

RITHIM

Research Manitoba

A201 Chown Building, 753 McDermot Avenue

Winnipeg, MB R3E 0T6

Email Address: PHRPC@researchmb.ca, rithim@researchmb.ca

 

Procedures for Projects Conditionally Approved by HIPC Before 2022

HIPC will continue to review and approve the research projects that received conditional approval from the committee before January 1, 2022.


Applicants have one year from the date of the conditional approval to resubmit to HIPC for review. If the requested information is not submitted within this time period, a new application will need to be submitted to PHRPC.