To ensure that all human health research conducted in the province undergoes ethical review.
The Authority shall comprise four directors appointed by the Minister as follows: a person to represent the Memorial University of Newfoundland appointed following consultation with the president of the university; a person to represent the Eastern Regional Health Authority appointed following consultation with the chief executive officer of that authority; a person employed in the department presided over by the minister; and a person chosen to represent the public of the province. The Minister, following consultation with the president of Memorial University of Newfoundland and the Chief Executive Officer of the Eastern Regional Health Authority, shall appoint one of the directors as the chairperson.
The following attributes are important considerations in selecting public interest members:
The Authority usually meets bi-monthly; meetings generally last two hours.
A director shall be appointed for a three year term and is eligible to be reappointed for a second term.
Where the term of a director expires, he or she continues to be a director until reappointed or replaced.
Where a director resigns or ceases to function as a director, whether through incapacity or for another reason, the Minister shall appoint a person as a replacement director to serve for the remainder of the term of the director being replaced.
With the exception of the chairperson, members shall serve without remuneration but may be paid the amounts for travel and other expenses incurred on a scale approved by the Minister.