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Queen's University

Research Ethics

The revised 2nd edition of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans, or "TCPS 2(2014)” has been released.


The following documents offer details on the changes made to TCPS 2 in the 2014 version:

Highlights of Changes TCPS (2014)

  1. TCPS2 Changes Presentation DEC 2014
  2. TCPS2 Summary of Updates December 2014

The HSREB/GREB Ethics Electronic System is live!

Find updates, information about training sessions, online tutorials, user manuals etc. for the Queen's Ethics e-system here.




Human Ethics Review Boards

Health Sciences Research Ethics Board (REB)

Tips for completing Health Sciences REB form

General Research Ethics Board (Social Sciences and Humanities) (GREB)  

New Online Tutorial on Human Participant Research Ethics Now Available to All Queen's Students and Staff

Queen's students and researchers are now able to take an online tutorial about the practical application of Canada's national standard of ethics for research involving human participants: The Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS2). The Course in Human research Participant Protection (CORE) is intended for a wide audience including research administrators and educators, graduate students, research assistants, and active investigators. Featuring real examples of ethics dilemmas in research situations, radio and television interviews with researchers and participants, and interactive exercises. CORE is a practical, applied  approach to developing a culture of research ethics.

This tutorial will become a mandatory course (SGS804) for all graduate students engaging in research involving human participants. All students who complete the course now will see it added to their transcript and will be able to print a certificate for their records and for inclusion in their ethics review application.


Secretariat on Research Ethics
350 Albert Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 1H5
(613) 996-2569


TCPS 2—2nd edition of Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans 

TCPS Tutorial

Federalwide Assurance Number (PDF)(12.2 KB)

Clinical Trials Registration (PDF) (37.7 KB)

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