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Health Research Ethics Authority


Health and Community Services


Section 3 of the Health Research Ethics Authority Act


No Remuneration


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:

  • Interest in health care
  • Previous board experience
  • Health research/ethics experience and knowledge
  • High ethical standards and integrity
  • Appreciation of the responsibilities to the public
  • Flexible, responsive and willing to consider others’ opinions
  • Capable of a wide perspective on issues
  • Ability to listen and work as a team member
  • No direct or indirect conflict of interest
  • Strong reasoning and conflict resolution skills
  • Strategic planning experience
  • Effective communication skills (written and oral)
  • Policy development experience
  • Leadership/management skills

Time Commitments:

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.

Current Members:
NameTitleAppointment TypeAppointment Date (yyyy/mm/dd)Expiry Date (yyyy/mm/dd)
Coady, Ms. ReginaChairperson and Pubic Interest RepresentativeMinisterial2017-07-012020-06-30
Gosine, Dr. Raymond G. Memorial University RepresentativeMinisterial2017-07-012020-06-30
Smith, Ms. GerriDepartment of Health and Community Services RepresentativeMinisterial2019-10-232022-10-22
Warren, Ms. ElaineEastern Health RepresentativeMinisterial2017-07-012020-06-30

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