Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans
Updates to the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (1998)
Update of September 2002
The changes are indicated below in bold and italics:
- Section 1, article 1.1 (c), page 1.2, line 10
The following correction has been made in accordance with article 1.1.
(c) Where the research involves interaction with the individual in public
life or an artist as a research subject by way of a request for an interview
or for access to private papers, the ethics review should
focus only on whether these requests will be made in accordance with
appropriate ethical and professional standards.
- Section 2: article 2.1. (c), iii:
The following correction has been made:
The research could not practicably be carried out without the waiver or alteration
- Section 3, Privacy and Confidentiality; Article 3.6. Data Linkage
The following text has been added at the end of the explanatory text:
Only a restricted number of individuals should perform the function
of merging databases; researchers should either destroy the merged file
immediately after use, or use enhanced security measures to store it.
Whether the data are to be used statistically or otherwise, confidentiality
of the information must be maintained by all members of the research
team. When a merged database identifies a person or a group who might
be at significant risk of harm, it may be appropriate to contact those
at risk or the appropriate authorities. The REB and the record holder
should also be notified.
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