When CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC adopted the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS) in 1998, they committed to keeping it a living document. Doing so involves responding to new research developments, identifying gaps and proposing modifications of existing research ethics norms.
The Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics (PRE) is thus mandated by the Agencies to advise on the evolution of the TCPS. PRE does so in a national and international context that recognizes diverse research ethics needs, activities and environments. To inform its deliberations and recommendations, PRE relies on transparent and inclusive processes of community and public engagement. Its most recent public consultations have delivered the following comments from the public: