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About the Tutorial for the TCPS
Introducing the TCPS
Section Overview
Ethics Context
Tri-Council Policy Statement
Goals and Rationale of the TCPS
Ethical Principles and Their Application
Ethics and Law
Case Studies
Progress Check
Section 1: Ethics Review
Section 2: Free and Informed Consent
Section 3: Privacy and Confidentiality
Section 4: Conflict of Interest
Section 5: Inclusion in Research
Conclusion
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Acknowledgements
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Tutorial: Ethical Conduct of Research involving Humans: Introducing the TCPS

Progress Check

1. Of the following, which best describes the Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS)?

A policy that describes principles, standards and procedures for governing research. The TCPS applies to all research affiliated with, and undertaken by, members of research institutions administering funds awarded by any of the three federal research agencies (CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC).

A policy that describes principles, standards and procedures for governing research involving human subjects. The TCPS applies to all research involving humans affiliated with, and undertaken by, members of research institutions administering funds awarded by any of the three federal research agencies (CIHR, NSERC, and SSHRC).

A Canadian policy that sets ethical standards for the conduct of research, applicable to most government agencies and departments.


2. Which of the following are the goals and rationale of the TCPS?
(Select all that apply)

To address the interdependent duties to research subjects shared by researchers, institutions and Research Ethics Boards (REBs).

To articulate ethical norms that transcend disciplinary boundaries.

To harmonize the ethics review process.

To establish laws and regulations for ethics review.

To seek to avoid imposing one disciplinary perspective on others, while expressing the shared principles and wisdom of researchers in diverse fields.

To update some norms, while seeking to encourage continued reflection and thoughtful consensus around more contentious ethical issues.


3. The TCPS is based on the following guiding ethical principles: Respect for Human Dignity; Respect for Free and Informed Consent; Respect for Vulnerable Persons; Respect for Privacy and Confidentiality; Respect for Justice and Inclusiveness; Balancing Harms and Benefits; Minimizing Harm; and Maximizing Benefit.

Which of the following apply to these principles?
(Select all that apply)

Are based on the guidelines of the agencies over the last decades, on more recent statements by other Canadian agencies, and on statements from the international community.

Have been widely adopted by diverse research disciplines.

Express common standards, values and aspirations of the research community.


4. Why do Research Ethics Boards (REBs) maintain flexibility in the implementation of the TCPS?

There is no flexibility in the application of the TCPS.

Ethical principles and standards and procedures cannot be applied in set ways, especially in light of diversity among research disciplines. Their application depends on the context of the research and the ethical norms and practices of the relevant research discipline.

Ethical principles and standards and procedures cannot be applied in set ways, especially in light of diversity in institutional cultures. Their application depends on the context of the research and the practices of the institution where the research is conducted.


5. What is the relationship between the TCPS and the law?
(Select all that apply)

The law may influence the conduct of research, particularly in relation to competence to provide free and informed consent, privacy and confidentiality.

Various aspects of research may be governed by specific laws such as the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Privacy Act, Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act, and provincial legislation such as the Civil Code of Quebec, personal data protection legislation, and age of majority legislation.

Decisions made by the Canadian (and in some instances, Commonwealth) courts may be applicable in a research context.

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