Research ethics


In funding research based on excellence, the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT) reaffirms its commitment to research that respects the highest standards of ethics and its role in promoting good practices in ethics and scientific integrity. In view of emphasizing the importance of ethics and scientific integrity, the FRQNT has developed a regulatory framework to which research actors must comply: the Politique d'éthique en recherche [804 ko] (2016), which replaces the Politique d'éthique et d'intégrité scientifique [143 ko] (1994, last modification in 2010). This policy sets out rules for the research actors' conduct primarily from a deontological perspective, in particular with regards to the respect and protection of human participants in health research.


The FRQNT expects institutions to adopt policies and procedures for the management of ethical issues, if they have not already done so, and encourages them to develop research ethics and integrity awareness-raising programs aimed at students, researchers and research staff. Health and social services institutions in which research activities are conducted are also required to comply with the standards laid down by the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS) in its research ethics and scientific integrity action plan (Plan d'action ministériel en éthique de la recherche et en intégrité scientifique, 1998).

Ethics Review

Human Participants

All research projects involving human participants require the approval of a Research Ethics Board (REB). This REB must be appointed by the Board of Directors of the principal applicant's institution or be a REB recognized by this institution. Research projects involving minors or adults incapable of giving consent must be reviewed pursuant to Section 21 of the Civil  Code of Québec, by a REB instituted or designated by the MSSS or by the central ethics committee (Comité central d'éthique de la recherche) of the MSSS. The FRQNT requires from institutions that their REBs respect current norms and fulfil their obligations to conduct reviews and monitor the research projects carried out within the institution.

Laboratory Animals and the Environment

All research project involving animals require the approval of the Animal Care Committee of the principal applicant's institution, which must comply with the standards and guidelines of the Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCAC). When applicable, researchers must also report any environmental impacts of their research and employ the necessary efforts to minimize them. Projects must comply with environmental standards and regulations, including biosafety rules, and principal investigators must obtain any licences required for specific types of activities.

Publications - Fonds de recherche du Québec

Publications - Ministères et organismes (Québec)

Publications - Ministères et organismes (Canada)

Autres publications




Pour tout projet qui se déroule dans un établissement de santé et de services sociaux, ou pour toute question concernant le Comité central d'éthique de la recherche, il peut être utile de consulter le site internet de la Direction de l'éthique et de la qualité du ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux.

Personne ressource :

Johane de Champlain
Vice-présidente et conseillère en éthique
Comité central d'éthique de la recherche
500, rue Sherbrooke Ouest, bureau 800
Montréal (QC) H3A 3C6

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