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TCPS 2 - New Materials for Consultation Participants

In September 2013, the Panel on Research Ethics released proposed revisions to the 2nd edition of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2) for public comment. The Panel has produced new materials to facilitate this consultation process. A webinar for consultation participants and additional proposed changes to TCPS 2 Article 3.7 are now available online. Written comments on the proposed revisions to TCPS 2 will continue to be accepted until January 15, 2014.

For immediate release –

Ottawa, ON (December 5, 2013) – – In keeping with its mandate to ensure the evolution of the policy statement, the Panel on Research Ethics continues to seek public comment on proposed revisions to the 2nd edition of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2).

The period for public comment remains open until January 15, 2014.

The Panel has produced two new materials to facilitate the consultation process:

The Panel invites written comments on the proposed set of TCPS 2 revisions. In light of those comments, the Panel will prepare final recommendations to the Agencies for their consideration and approval.

Following this round of consultation, the Panel will propose a more comprehensive revision to the policy statement focused on changes to Chapter 11 on clinical trials and on the subject of population and public health research. The Panel will seek public comment on this subsequent revision in 2014.

Comment Submissions
To promote the transparency of this public engagement process, the Panel requests that you include your name and the following demographics with your submission:

1. Province or territory
2. Affiliation: university, hospital, college, community organization, other
3. Capacity in which you are submitting the comments: REB member, researcher, student, administration, research participant, representative of a group or organization
4. Your main discipline: Behavioural Sciences, Biomedical, Engineering, Health Sciences, Humanities, Interdisciplinary,
Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, other

All comments received (including identifiable information) will be posted to the Panel’s website after the closing of the comment period. If you do not wish to have your comments posted, please indicate that clearly at the beginning of your submission.

Please submit your written comments by January 15, 2014 by e-mail to: or by mail to: 
Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research
350 Albert Street
Ottawa, ON  K1A 1H5

The TCPS was developed in 1998 by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), or “the Agencies,” to provide harmonized guidance on the ethical conduct of research involving humans. The Agencies formed the Panel in 2001 to interpret and promote the TCPS.

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