Research Improvements Through Harmonization In Manitoba (RITHIM) is an upcoming initiative led by Research Manitoba that will consolidate multiple and complex ethics, privacy and operational feasibility review processes into one system. The new system will have one online application form and a harmonized review committee made up of experts in health research, research ethics and privacy. RITHIM will launch as a project of Research Manitoba in late 2021.
The Committee for Harmonized Health Impact, Privacy and Ethics Review (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 and privacy, 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.
How Will RITHIM and CHIPER Work Together?
RITHIM staff will provide the administrative support necessary to support CHIPER in their work reviewing applications, and also guide the goals of the harmonization initiative to best serve the research community in Manitoba.
RITHIM will transition from an initiative to a department of Research Manitoba in 2020.
There are multiple entities involved in RITHIM, as we seek to incorporate feedback from everyone involved in the review of health research in Manitoba. The project team is led by Research Manitoba, with assistance from the change management department at the University of Manitoba, technological implementation developers, representatives from the George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation and other consultants.
CHIPER will include current members from the University of Manitoba’s HREB and BREB, as well as new members recruited from the Manitoba research community.