Canada’s alliance for excellence in clinical research

About N2

Brief Description of Network of Networks

The Network of Networks (N2) is a not-for-profit incorporated organization and an alliance of Canadian research networks and organizations working to enhance national clinical research capability and capacity.  Bringing together trialists and clinical research professionals from across the country, N2 provides a common platform for sharing best practices, resources and research-related content to ensure efficient and high-quality research, integrity of clinical practices and accountability.  The organization is truly representative of clinical research in Canada and acts as a national voice and advocate on behalf of a broad range of stakeholders that have an impact on the efficiency and quality of clinical trials conducted in Canada.

N2 has created a unique environment for clinical researchers to benefit from the sharing of “best in class” tools and the experience and expertise of others.  Today, over 90 organizations representing over 3000 clinical research professionals, from over 200 sites and across numerous therapeutic disciplines have joined N2’s initiative.  Members include organizations as varied as research networks, universities, hospitals, government entities and industry.  The breadth of N2’s member organizations and the depth of their collective experience have enabled N2 to become an important voice in the national clinical research debate.

N2 was formed because clinical researchers face common challenges in their quest to conduct world class research. N2 provides the opportunity to speak to clinical research issues with one voice and offers a forum to develop and share tools, resources and best practices.

N2 provides its programs and services in the context of the overall Canadian clinical research infrastructure. From the outset N2’s mandate has been national. It has been said that the strength in its product offerings is the result of the diversity of its membership and expertise of individuals participating from these organizations.

The two cornerstones of clinical research are the protection of human subjects and the integrity of the data collected. Among N2′s activities are the creation and distribution of the training and quality assurance that will raise the national standard for the conduct of research. These tools will support the investigators and research staff in their effort to demonstrate the accountability critical to clinical research. At the Clinical Trial Summit, held in Ottawa in September, 2011, the value of N2 was recognized by the attendees, representing the clinical trial community in Canada. More detail about  the issues in the background paper, the presentations, as well as the proceedings and action plan can be accessed from the Clinical Trials Summit page

Currently N2 membership includes many organizations that represent more than 200 clinical research sites across multiple therapeutic areas; institutions, universities, government, the private sector, and the Research Ethics Web-Based Education Group, an organization with a focus on education in the area of research ethics. Having one organization acting on behalf of all these groups and striving for operational and fiscal efficiencies will provide benefits that will ultimately reach Canadians.

N2 is a membership organization. Membership in N2 will provide access to networking opportunities with colleagues, and sharing of best practices tools such as an on-line Clinical Research Education and Good Clinical Practices (GCP) training program, information on contract negotiations, web links, a national set of Standard Operating Procedures, (available in English and French, reviewed annually, and a quiz) and attendance at an annual meeting. Access to materials through N2 is more economical than purchasing them individually. N2 and CAREB are excited to launch the long awaited REB SOPs which are available open source. Please access the link for the SOPs and associated information by clicking on the words REB SOPs. They are available to anyone interested!!The REB SOPs are specific to ethics boards that review health sciences research and are compliant with applicable Canadian and US regulatory, and ethics guidance criteria. The implementation of the REB SOPs will facilitate the distribution, adoption and maintenance of a single standard for REBs in Canada.

Comments, questions and other feedback is encouraged and should be directed to the REB SOP Subcommittee Chair by contacting:
Alison van Nie at

Additional tools will become available in the future.

N2 SOPs Table of Contents

N2 CAREB REB SOPs Table of Contents

N2 Online Education Program Table of Contents

Whereas broad access to the education program is limited to N2 member organizations, N2 does provide limited access to individuals for a nominal fee.

N2′s committees include:

  • Standard Operating Procedures
  • Education and Training Development
  • Quality
  • Clinical Trials Education and Awareness Committee
  • Communication
  • N2 CAREB REB SOP Committee
  • Finance/Funding Committee
  • Metrics Committee

For membership information or for individual access to the N2 education program please contact us