Ethics at CIHR

In the area of ethics, CIHR is mandated by Parliament to:
  • Promote, assist and undertake research that meets the highest international scientific standards of excellence and ethics.
  • Foster the discussion of ethical issues and the application of ethical principles to health research.
  • Monitor, analyze and evaluate issues, including ethical issues, pertaining to health and health research.

As Canada's major health research funding agency, CIHR is committed to promoting health research that meets the highest standards of excellence and ethics. CIHR encourages interdisciplinary, innovative and integrative research on ethical issues pertaining to health, and also fosters the discussion of ethical issues to strengthen the culture of research ethics and integrity in Canada.

Who We Are

Ethics at CIHR is a shared responsibility across the organization.

Groups with key responsibilities are:

At the Tri-Agency level (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC), the function is supported by:

What We Do

To implement its mandate in the area of ethics, CIHR has developed an Ethics action plan that is aligned with strategic directions in ethics set out in Health Research Roadmap II and is the result of the Task Force on Ethics Reform’s assessment (2012-2013).

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