The Interagency Panel on Research Ethics (PRE) is mandated by 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 promote high ethical standards of conduct in research involving humans through the development, evolution, interpretation, and implementation of the Tri-Council Policy Statement 2: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS2). The Agencies adopted the TCPS, in August 1998, as a common research ethics policy for those conducting, participating in, or reviewing human research in institutions funded by CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC. PRE further assists the TCPS user-community by identifying TCPS educational needs and activities. It also participates in the ongoing dialogue on a national oversight or governance system for research involving humans. The TCPS 2 (2010) has replaced the 1st edition of the TCPS (1998) as the official human research ethics policy of the Agencies.
As part of its educational mandate PRE has created an on-line tutorial to assist researchers in understanding the TCPS2. ALL researchers are strongly urged to take this tutorial. Students learning about research methods and research ethics will also find it very informative.
The tutorial can be found here. A printable certificate is provided on completion of the tutorial.