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.

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