Permission to Contact Toolkit (PTC) Now Available

N2 is happy to announce the launch of the Permission to Contact (PTC) toolkit during its annual meeting in Toronto on February 4th, 2016.

PTC is a patient enrollment strategy that facilitates patient engagement in research by inviting all patients to be participants in research. The Permission to Contact (PTC) Platform overcomes the obstacles of consenting and patient enrollment by asking patients ‘do you give permission to be contacted for future research opportunities?’ as part of the routine health clinic practice. The Platform streamlines recruitment of participants enabling completion of research studies, especially for studies requiring a large number of participants.

The PTC Tool Kit was developed  in partnership with the Office of Biobank Education and Research (OBER) in British Columbia to enable organizations across Canada to efficiently implement the PTC Platform, and to begin setting a national standard for the key elements of PTC. This tool kit has been developed to provide practical “how to” information and resources for individuals interested in setting up a PTC program within their organization. The in-depth downloadable PDF document contains information on budget considerations, stakeholder engagement, data management, and a strategy checklist.

The Tool Kit table of contents can be viewed here and the full Tool Kit is available for members of the Biobank Resource Centre (BRC) or N2.

If you are a member of N2, log in to N2 to access the Tool Kit. If you are interested to find out more about PTC you may contact N2 at or BRC

The Biobank Resource Centre offers consulting services for implementing the PTC Platform. Services provided include:

  • Project management for implementation of the Platform
  • Staff engagement and training
  • Creation of standard operating procedures and forms
  • Assistance with ethics application

For more information about PTC consulting services, please contact BRC.

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REB SOPs Launched

N2 and CAREB are excited to launch the long awaited REB SOPs. 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.

Please click here here for full details, including instructions on how to access and use the documents.

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