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Launch of the Revised Version of the 2nd Edition of the
Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans, or “TCPS 2 (2014)”

For immediate release –

Ottawa, ON (December 18, 2014)

A message from the three federal research agencies – 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).

The Presidents of the Agencies are pleased to announce the release of TCPS 2 (2014) – the revised version of the 2nd edition of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans. TCPS 2 (2014) replaces TCPS 2 (2010) as the official human research ethics policy of the Agencies.

The release of TCPS 2 (2014) demonstrates the Agencies’ continued commitment to promote the ethical conduct of research involving humans. The three core principles – respect for persons, concern for welfare, and justice – continue to be the foundation of the Policy. Changes include increased emphasis on the participant’s decision-making capacity, more detailed guidance about alterations to consent requirements, and the full integration of CIHR’s Guidelines for Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Research. The inclusion of the Guidelines addresses the Agencies’ goal of making TCPS 2 the single Agency policy for the ethics of research involving humans.

The Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics is responsible for the evolution of the Policy. The Panel has conducted an ongoing dialogue with TCPS 2 users through its interpretation service and its educational outreach (the CORE tutorial, webinars, working groups, workshops and presentations). Many of the improvements proposed by the Panel for TCPS 2 (2014) were directly informed by questions from Canada’s research community.

To further engage the community, the Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research conducted a public consultation, between September 2013 and January 2014, on the Panel’s proposed changes. The Secretariat and the Panel reviewed nearly 70 sets of thoughtful comments, which are posted online to promote the transparency of this public engagement process. This feedback was critical to the Panel as it prepared recommendations to the Agencies for their approval.

Some proposed changes require further consideration, such as the guidance on disclosure of material incidental findings. The Panel is establishing an expert sub-committee for this purpose.

To assist with the transition to TCPS 2 (2014), Highlights of Changes are posted on the Panel’s website along with the complete TCPS 2 (2014). Please consult the Panel’s website for additional information on the Panel, the Policy, and to download your copy of TCPS 2 (2014).


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Ottawa, ON K1A 1H5