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Panel on Research Ethics Launches the TCPS 2 Tutorial

Ottawa (June 15, 2011)

The Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics (Panel) is pleased to announce the launch of a new, online tutorial, TCPS 2: Course on Research Ethics (CORE). CORE supersedes the introductory tutorial that supported the 1st edition of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS), developed in 1998 by Canada's federal research agencies – the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). CORE was designed to support the 2nd edition of the TCPS (TCPS 2) that was released by the Agencies in December 2010. 

CORE is an educational resource primarily for researchers and research ethics board members who wish to increase their familiarity with TCPS 2. It is designed to be done independently, and can be completed at the user’s own pace, in a single session or a series of sessions – depending on the extent to which each user chooses to explore the associated case studies, multi-disciplinary examples and media excerpts.

CORE consists of eight modules that cover the general guidance in TCPS 2. The modules target subjects such as consent, privacy, conflict of interest, and fairness and equity in research participation. CORE presents multi-disciplinary scenarios that depict a broad spectrum of realistic research situations and the ethical dilemmas they present. Interactive exercises put users in the role of participants, researchers and REB members and require them to make decisions regarding these ethical questions. Media-rich materials focus on Canadian content.  Links to relevant articles in TCPS 2 appear throughout the course.

The Panel intends to update CORE on an ongoing basis with the addition of new scenarios, exercises and quiz questions. Tutorial users are encouraged to provide feedback by participating in an online survey that is available upon completion. They are also welcome to submit case studies relevant to their individual disciplines for possible inclusion.  In a second phase, the Panel is planning to add modules on more specialized TCPS 2 chapters, such as Clinical Trials and Qualitative Research. The first such module, on research with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples, is currently under development.

Institutions that require completion of CORE for course credit, or as a condition of eligibility for REB membership or REB review, may request institutional access to CORE to verify tutorial completion.. The registration form for institutional access can be found on the CORE welcome page.

You may access CORE at:

Please visit the Panel website for additional information on TCPS 2 and the Panel on Research Ethics.

Secretariat on Research Ethics
350 Albert Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 1H5