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Public Comments on the Draft 2nd Edition of the TCPS (December 2008)

In December 2008, the Panel proposed a major revision to the 1st edition of the TCPS (1998) in keeping with its mandate to ensure the Policy is a living, evolving document.  From December 2008 to June 2009, the Panel received significant feedback on the draft, both orally and in writing. Panel members participated in 58 events in 17 cities, attended by approximately 1,800 people from a broad range of disciplines.

The research community submitted over 1,000 pages of feedback, much of which is presented below, sorted by the specific article and chapter being addressed.  Comments of a general nature have been grouped under the heading ‘General’.

The Panel is making this information public for transparency, inclusiveness and public accountability purposes.  However, as promised in the original invitation for comments, only aggregate data is provided and all individual comments have been anonymized.  Comments are posted in the language in which they were received.

Not all comments have been included due to the way in which they were received and due to author request. 

Chapter 1 - ETHICS FRAMEWORK

Chapter 2 - SCOPE AND APPROACH

Chapter 3 - FREE AND INFORMED CONSENT

Chapter 4 - INCLUSION IN RESEARCH

Chapter 5 - PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY

Chapter 6 - GOVERNANCE OF RESEARCH ETHICS REVIEW

Chapter 7 - CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Chapter 8 - MULTI-JURISDICTIONAL RESEARCH

Chapter 9 - RESEARCH INVOLVING ABORIGINAL PEOPLES

Chapter 10 - QUALITATIVE RESEARCH

Chapter 11 - CLINICAL TRIALS

Chapter 12 - HUMAN TISSUE

Chapter 13 - HUMAN GENETIC RESEARCH

GENERAL