13. Ethics

Conscience and law

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People have certain rights which researchers must acknowledge and not violate. Each research situation has its own problems to solve, but the ethic of reciprosity is conveyed in a simple guideline that captures the spirit behind ethical decisions and the need for informed consent: Treat others as you would like to be treated.

The Canadian Interagency Advisory Panel on Research Ethics offers a comprehensive set of guidelines for research on human participants: Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans www.pre.ethics.gc.ca/eng/policy-politique/initiatives/tcps2-eptc2/Default

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