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Research Ethics Consultation Service (RECS)

The ICTR offers education, expert advice and resources to better equip study teams to conduct research that is ethical, relevant and responsive to the interests of patients and research participants.

Research Ethics Consultation Service helps to raise awareness of, and to assist investigators in resolving ethical issues throughout the entire research process.

Consults may be requested for ethical issues arising during study development, conduct, analysis and publication.

Our consultants offer ethical guidance on topics such as:

  • Determining appropriate interventions and controls to include in studies;
  • Maintaining confidentiality in recruitment;
  • Using alternative approaches to informed consent; and
  • Responding appropriately when an unforeseen event occurs during data collection.

Note: The service is not designed to “pre-review” submissions to the IRB nor to review or draft consent documents.