Research involving human participants is surrounded by ethical issues that are both complex and in a constant state of renewal. In response to this changing landscape, 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) – recently updated its joint policy, the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans. This Policy “expresses the Agencies’ continuing commitment to the people of Canada to promote the ethical conduct of research involving humans.”
Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2).
Complying with the TCPS2 is a condition of funding for researchers and their institutions, and forms the basis of the Research Governance model and policies and procedures pertain to research involving human participants at the JIBC. As stated in the introduction to the TCPS 2, to “be eligible to receive and administer research funds from the Agencies, institutions must agree to comply with a number of Agency policies set out as schedules to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Agencies and institutions.”
Requirements for maintaining highest standards of ethical and academic conduct in applied research as well as the approval process are outlined in the JIBC Research Policy and Procedures.
Information on the application process to obtain ethical approval for a research project can be found under JIBC Research Tools & Forms.
Last updated October 30, 2017