Sunday, March 29, 2009

Deadline Extended for TCPS Comments

John Lowman kindly alerts me that Canada's Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics has extended the deadline for comments on the draft second edition of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS). Comments will now be accepted through 30 June 2009, though the PRE encourages comments by March 31, since the next round of revision will begin in April.

An official announcement of the deadline extension is online at the PRE's French-language website. I could not find an English-language version on the PRE website, but the University of Western Ontario has posted one.

A form for online comments, and instructions for submitting comments by mail, fax, or e-mail, is online.

I have sent in a version of the comments posted on this blog. As I prefaced my comments to the PRE, I write as a non-Canadian. But the regulation of research ethics is an international endeavor. Just as TCPS draws heavily from the Belmont Report and 45 CFR 46, so can we expect TCPS to influence American policy and guidance. I therefore consider myself to have some stake in the outcome of the TCPS revision.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Canadian Criminologists Decry TCPS Draft

Back in January, I mentioned the release of the Draft 2nd Edition of the Tri‐Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans, prepared by Canada's Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics, or PRE.

Ted Palys and John Lowman of the School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University, kindly alerted me to their critique of the draft, or TCPS-2, as they term it. (They even more kindly cited this blog in their work.) They find that TCPS-2 "poses a significant threat to academic freedom in Canada." (3)

Their 20-page critique, "One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Draft TCPS-2’s Assault on Academic Freedom," is all meat and no fat, and I recommend that it be read in its entirety. But here are a few salient points.