Caribbean Network of Research Ethics Committees

Models for Communication and Collaboration

There are three models that can be used for communication and collaboration between CANREC members involved in evaluating research proposals that span their various jurisdictions. For these models to function effectively the following should be taken into consideration:

1. Review by Several RECs/IRBs

  • Committees can work together and coordinate the review;
  • A communication method or tool must be decided on;
  • The Principal Investigator (PI) should address any inconsistencies across the submissions;
  • A form must be designed on which the PI can list:
    • Names of RECs/IRBs involved;
    • Contact details for the RECs/IRBs that the research proposal to be reviewed will be submitted to, and this should be made available to all parties.

2. Review Delegated to an External or Multi-institutional REC/IRB

  • Here, the countries or institutions facilitate ethical review by one Committee, whether nationally or regionally;
  • A communication agreement (Reliance Agreement) is to be drafted and used between all the relevant committees.

3.Reciprocal REC/IRB Review

  • Here, official agreements may be used between participating RECs/IRBs to accept each other’s ethical review. This can be across the board, or on a case-by-case basis.


In choosing the appropriate review model, always consider the research context, and the characteristics of the population.

Issues to Consider

  1. The discipline & content area of the research, and availability of appropriate experience & expertise available to the reviewing RECs/IRBs;
  2. The scope of the project;
  3. The vulnerability of the study population;
  4. The particular characteristics of the local population at the individual sites, including any differences in values and cultural norms;
  5. The level of risk associated with the research;
  6. Any relevant differences in laws related to the research where the institutions are in different countries;
  7. Conflict resolution mechanisms related to decisions by the RECs/IRBs.

Communication and Collaboration Under Emergency Conditions

Aarons, D. Research in epidemic and emergency situations: A model for collaboration and expediting ethics review in two Caribbean countries. Developing World Bioethics, 2017

Members' Contact Information


Dr. Aisha Andrewin
c/o IRB Chair


Ms. Janet Hall
c/o Ethics Secretariat


Dr. Mike Campbell
c/o IRB/MOH REC Chair


Dr. Shamdeo Persaud
c/o IRB Chair

St. Lucia

Dr. Sherry Ephraim-Le Compte
c/o Ethics Committee Chair

St. Vincent & the Grenedines

Dr. Sherry Ephraim-Le Compte
Dr. Simone Keizer-Beache
Chief Medical Officer/ Chair - Research and Ethics Committee
Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment

cc: Dr. Tamara Bobb
Epidemiologist, Ministry of Health

Trinidad & Tobago

University of the Southern Caribbean
Ms. Gersha Pierre
c/o University of the Southern Caribbean IRB Chair

University of Trinidad & Tobago
Dr. Vashti Singh
c/o University of Trinidad & Tobago
IRB Chair

University of the West Indies
Prof. Surendra Arjoon
c/o University of the West Indies
REC Chair

North Central Regional Health Authority
Ms. Vanessa Cummings
c/o North Central Regional Health Authority Ethics
Committee Member

Temporarily cc:

Eastern Regional Health Authority
Dr. Cindy Ann Badaloo
Eastern Regional Health Authority REC Chair

cc: Mr. Keston Daniel
Vice Chair

North-West Regional Health Authority
North-West Regional Health Authority REC


Antigua & Barbuda

Mr. Colin O'Keiffe
c/o IRB Chair


Dr. Richard Fulton
c/o IRB Chair

cc: Dr. Shawnee Basden
Chair, BHB Research Ethics Sub-committee


Ms. Maira Du Plessis
c/o IRB Chair

cc: Mr. Kareem Coonamsingh
IRB Adminsitrator


Ministry of Health
Prof. Owen Morgan
c/o MOH Ethics Panel Chair

University of the West Indies
Dr. Gillian Wharfe
c/o UWI Committee Chair

Standards and Regualations, Ministry of Health
Mrs. Cynthia Lewis Graham
Acting Director

cc Ms. Elizabeth Anderson

Ministry of National Security
Mrs. Rochelle Clarke-Grey
c/o Ministry of National Security
Ethics Committee Chair

University of Technology (UTech)
Mr. Balford Lewis
c/o University of Technology (UTech)
Research Ethics Committee Chair


Dr. Stephen Vreden
Chair of the Suriname Research Ethics Board (CMWO)

cc: Dr. Deborah Charles-Stijnberg
REC/IRB Secretary

Turks & Caicos Islands

Mrs. Mary Forbes
c/o Health Research Committee Chair