Canadian research ethics coming soon to a city near you!
I’m posting this entry as an FYI to my Canadian readers. As you know, the second draft of the Tri-Council Policy Statement was released in December 2008. Starting this month, The Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics (PRE) is conducting The TCPS Regional Consultation Tour 2009 in order to engage the public, researchers and ethics review board members on the draft. The consultation period will end on March 31, 2009. The first session is scheduled for January 16th at the Université de Montréal.
The consultation tour involves scheduled sessions taking place in most major Canadian cities at academic institutions. At these 2 hour sessions, the draft will be presented and summarized and feedback along with discussion will be encouraged. Attendance is open to anyone, including researchers, ethics review board members, other interested academics and the public but note that registration is required.
Click on the link above to see the tour session dates and register for a session in your area. The draft second edition is available on line for you to review prior to attending but PRE will mail out a hard copy to you, if you send a request (indicating your preference for an english or french copy) to DraftE@pre.ethics.gc.ca
Throughout the process of compiling the second draft, PRE has been committed to seeking advice from stakeholders and responses from experts across Canada. The resultant second draft is the result of a great deal of work and a significant amount of feedback from Canadians engaged in active research and research ethics. It’s a strong document and it does reflect some of the calls for change that came from the researchers and research ethics community regarding the first edition. This tour represents a final opportunity to have your voice heard or provide input into the second edition so do try to attend one of the sessions!