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About Us

The Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics (PRE) is a body of external experts established in November 2001 by three Canadian research agencies -- the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) -- to support the development and evolution of their joint research ethics policy the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS).

When the TCPS was adopted in August 1998, the Agencies committed to keeping it a living, or "evolving," document in order to respond to new research developments and identified gaps in the Policy.

PRE has thus been created to advise the Agencies on the evolution, interpretation, implementation and educational needs of the TCPS. PRE's independent and multidisciplinary advice is intended to promote high standards of ethical conduct, advance the protection of human research participants and enhance accountability in research ethics.

PRE is composed of 12 volunteer members who bring diverse expertise and views on research involving humans from such fields as ethics, law, psychology, engineering, medicine, research involving aboriginal peoples, sociology and administration.