University Research Services

University Research Services
University Research Services

TCPS2: CORE - Tutorial

Course on Research Ethics (CORE) - TCPS 2 tutorial (English version)

Formation en éthique de la recherche (FER) - Le didacticiel EPTC-2

CORE: There are eight modules in the Course on Research Ethics (CORE) focusing on the guidance in the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (2nd Edition) (TCPS 2 - 2014) that is applicable to all research involving human participants regardless of discipline or methodology. The purpose of CORE is to provide an introduction to and spell out important principles and examples from the TCPS 2. CORE is used Canada-wide and internationally. The Modules are interactive and interesting with the total on-line tutorial requiring approximately 4 hours to complete.

When applying to the General Research Ethics Board (GREB):

  1. All Queen’s University, non-faculty researchers (i.e. postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, undergraduate students, staff, and research staff) are required to complete CORE. There is a certificate at the end of the online tutorial that must be saved and attached to each ethics application as proof that you have completed the course. This tutorial is also a non-credit course (SGS804) that graduate students can register for and have it appear on their transcript.
  2. Queen’s University faculty members are not required, but are encouraged to take the TCPS2 online tutorial, CORE (Course on Research Ethics), to familiarize themselves with Canada's national standard of ethics for research involving human participants.
  3. External researchers are not required, but are encouraged, to complete CORE.

When applying to the Health Sciences Research Ethics Board (HSREB):

  1. All Queen’s University graduate and undergraduate students are required to complete CORE. There is a certificate at the end of the online tutorial that must be saved and attached to each ethics application as proof that you have completed the course. This tutorial is also a non-credit course (SGS804) that graduate students can register for and have it appear on their transcript.
  2.  Queen’s University faculty members, medical residents and research staff are not required, but are encouraged to take the TCPS2 online tutorial, CORE (Course on Research Ethics), to familiarize themselves with Canada’s national standard of ethics for research involving human participants.
  3. External researchers are not required, but are encouraged, to complete CORE.

Access to CORE: Using the link above, login with your Queen’s Net ID or another email address. Be sure to identify yourself as a member of Queen’s University, if applicable. Because this system is housed outside of Queen’s, you must await receipt of a return email to formally register you as a new CORE user. It is important to follow the instructions carefully so that your information is captured in the Queen’s University database.