The Secretariat

Under the governance structure for the Responsible Conduct of Research, the Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research (SRCR) is mandated to, among other things, provide substantive and administrative support to the Panel on Research Ethics and the Panel on Responsible Conduct of Research.

Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
160 Elgin Street, 9th Floor
Ottawa ON K1A 0W9
Canada

Telephone: 613-996-0072
E-mail: secretariat@srcr-scrr.gc.ca

Staff

Name/Title Telephone E-mail Address
Susan Zimmerman
Executive Director
613-947-7148 susan.zimmerman@srcr-scrr.gc.ca
Hanan Abdel-Akher
Senior Policy Analyst
613-996-2564 hanan.abdel-akher@srcr-scrr.gc.ca
Margaret Blakeney
Senior Policy Analyst
613-996-1062 margaret.blakeney@srcr-scrr.gc.ca
Wendy Burgess
Policy Analyst
613-996-4923 wendy.burgess@srcr-scrr.gc.ca
Marie-Sol Poirier
Senior Advisor for Research Ethics
613-995-3304 marie-sol.poirier@srcr-scrr.gc.ca
Karen Wallace
Senior Advisor
613-996-2569 karen.wallace@srcr-scrr.gc.ca
Heather Dana Munroe
Communications Officer
613-947-6540 heatherdana.munroe@srcr-scrr.gc.ca
Karen Chun
Business Planning Officer
613-996-007 karen.chun@srcr-scrr.gc.ca

Terms of Reference

Mandate

The Secretariat on Responsible Conduct of Research (SRCR or Secretariat) (formerly, Secretariat on Research Ethics) provides substantive and administrative support for the Panel on Research Ethics (PRE), the Panel on Responsible Conduct of Research (PRCR), and for the three federal research granting Agencies (CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC) with respect to the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans, 2nd edition (TCPS 2), and the Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research (the Framework). 

The mandate of the Secretariat with respect to PRE, PRCR and the Agencies is to:

For PRE, the Secretariat provides administrative, substantive and communication support by:

For PRCR, the Secretariat provides administrative, substantive and communication support by:

The Secretariat supports the Agencies by :

Relationships with Other National Organizations

The Secretariat collaborates with other national organizations, such as the Canadian Association of Research Ethics Boards, the Canadian Association of University Research Administrators, the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Canadian Research Integrity Forum, among others.

The Secretariat also has the option to engage in activities through outsourcing, which benefits the process by involving a larger expert constituency in the evolution, interpretation, education and implementation of the TCPS 2 and the Framework.

Reporting Structure

The Executive Director of the Secretariat reports to the Advisory Panel on Research Ethics and the Advisory Panel on Responsible Conduct of Research through their respective Chairs primarily on policy matters, and to the Interagency Management Committee (IMC) primarily on interagency administrative and operational matters.

The IMC is composed of the Executive Vice-Presidents of CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC. It is chaired by the Executive Vice-President of CIHR. The membership of this committee could vary should the Presidents of the Agencies wish to designate other senior executives and agree to such a modification. The IMC provides administrative oversight and facilitates the operations of the Secretariat. The IMC reports to the Steering Committee, composed of the Agencies' Presidents, on operational and strategic issues, as appropriate and required.

Reference

Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct of Research Involving Humans (2018)

Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research (2016)

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