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This webpage provides information on key documents related to ethics and privacy concerns for health research.

Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS2)

The TCPS2 covers a range of issues focused on ethical research involving humans across all disciplines.  Particular attention should be focused on Chapter 2 concerning research requiring ethics review.  See also CHIPER’s Routing Questions

Chapter 2, Section A: Research Requiring REB Review (

In order to apply to CHIPER, researchers (including all members of research teams) are required to complete the online tutorial TCPS2:

CORE (Course on Research Ethics) available at

International Conference on Harmonisation (ICH) Good Clinical Practice (GCP): Consolidated Guideline

The ICH GCP provides guidance on clinical research, particularly clinical trials.

ICH Topic E6 Article 4.4 Communication with IRB/IEC/REB (


The Personal Health Information Act (PHIA) sets out the terms for the use, handling, and storage of personal health information.  Users of personal health information are required to receive training and to sign a pledge of confidentiality acknowledging that they are bound by written policy and procedures.

Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA)

TCPS2 Chapter 5: Privacy and Confidentiality

CIHR Best Practices for Protecting Privacy in Health Research

PHIA Training Module (upcoming)

PHIA Requirements for Databases (upcoming)

Requirements for the Collection and Use of PHINs for Research Purposes (upcoming)

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