Introducing TCPS 2 (2018) – Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans

August 15, 2019

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) are pleased to announce the release of TCPS 2 (2018) – the latest revision of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans, 2nd edition. TCPS 2 (2018) replaces TCPS 2 (2014) as the official human research ethics policy of the federal research granting agencies.

While the expanded guidance in this revision addresses emerging ethics issues, the Policy continues to be firmly rooted in the three core principles – Respect for Persons, Concern for Welfare, and Justice.

The Panel on Research Ethics is responsible for the evolution of the Policy. The Panel maintains an ongoing dialogue with TCPS 2 users through its interpretation service and its educational outreach, including the CORE tutorial, webinars, and presentations. To further engage the community, the Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research sought public comment on the Panel's proposed changes between October 2016 and January 2017, and posted the comments they received. These questions and comments informed many of the additions and refinements published in TCPS 2 (2018).

The Secretariat is issuing two resources for TCPS users. "Highlights of Changes" summarizes the revisions to the Policy, and a separate document, "How to Address Material Incidental Findings," provides guidance on TCPS 2 (2018) Article 3.4. The Secretariat has also taken this opportunity to provide a completely new French translation. A comprehensive index will be added to the website this fall.

The Secretariat no longer provides print copies of TCPS 2 due to environmental concerns. You are encouraged to print or download your own copy of TCPS 2 (2018).

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