Information for industry professionals interested in collaborating with us.

Why do research at Fraser Health?

High quality health care is always grounded on the outcome of research and innovation. Our goal is to be world class in knowledge transfer and integration of leading edge research into practice. We have a supportive research environment to ensure that research conducted in our health authority meets the highest standards for scientific quality, conduct and reporting.

Learn more about the advantages of conducting research in our health authority.

What does my company need to know about Fraser Health?

Fraser Health is a publicly funded regional authority serving over 1.8 million people that oversees the provision of all publicly funded health services at its owned and operated acute and community sites from Burnaby to Hope. Fraser Health's Department of Evaluation and Research Services provides approvals for the implementation of regulated and non-regulated studies.

For information on the studies conducted in Fraser Health, see our research study database

Where are the Fraser Health hospital sites? 

See the Fraser Health research map that depicts research sites across our region. Up to 19 pharmaceutical/device companies have engaged Fraser Health privileged physicians to conduct research in Fraser Health. 

For information on some of the clinical trial sites, see clinical trials research groups.

What is Fraser Health’s role in the conduct of industry sponsored clinical research? 

Fraser Health’s role in the conduct of industry sponsored clinical research is to provide research ethics board review and approval, contract review and negotiation, access to hospital resources and facilities such as medical records, data, research participants, physicians, and staff for industry sponsored studies. 

The Department of Evaluation and Research Services oversees the approval process for research in the Fraser Health Authority by issuing the Letter of Authorization to Conduct Research (LOA) to the Fraser Health principal investigator after all of the approval requirements are met. Research can begin once the LOA is issued. 

Who can participate as a Fraser Health principal investigator for regulated clinical research?

Physicians who have privileges with Fraser Health are allowed to participate as a principal investigator for regulated clinical trials. Physicians are only allowed to conduct research at hospital sites for which they have privileges. All physicians must have their ethics application signed off by their immediate administrative supervisor in the health authority. 

Physicians who conduct research out of their own business offices are not required to obtain Fraser Health approvals as their private businesses are outside of the remit of the health authority. 

Does Fraser Health collect an ethics review fee?

Please refer to the fees for ethical review of research for more details. 

For information on Fraser Health Research Ethics Board approval process, see process and approvals for your research

What is the negotiation process like for clinical trial agreements?

The contract negotiation begins once the Fraser Health principal investigator has received the Fraser Health Research Ethics Board number for the ethics application and only after the principal investigator has submitted the Site Administration form (To download, please visit our Research forms, guidance notes and templates section) along with the draft clinical trial agreement from the industry sponsor. 

For more information, see Clinical Research

Are physicians a party to clinical trial agreements?

Physicians are always a party to the contract with the industry sponsor as is Fraser Health. 

Fraser Health permits physicians to be paid directly by the sponsor if they choose to hold payments in their own business. 

Is an insurance certificate required?

The sponsor must always provide an insurance certificate that matches the negotiated terms of the clinical trial agreement. The sponsor can be asked to submit a revised insurance certificate. 

What is the overhead payment required for industry sponsored research?

All industry sponsored studies are required to pay an overhead fee. The overhead fee also applies to investigator-initiated studies whereby industry funders are given rights to intellectual property and study data. 

Are W-8 BEN forms completed by Fraser Health?

Form W-8 BEN, Certificate of Foreign Status of Beneficial Owner for U.S. Tax Withholding, is used by a foreign person or sole proprietor who is the beneficial owner of an amount subject to withholding. 

The completion of W-8 BEN forms for clinical trials regulated by the United States Food and Drug Administration is the responsibility of the Fraser Health clinical trial site only. These are not completed by the institution.