iStock_000014314309XSmall.jpgThis section of the website is set aside for those who teach, study, research, or provide services on bioethics issues in Canada to share their best practices, tools, and compilations of other resources, for the purpose of mutual learning.

If you have a resource that could benefit others involved in the field, consider sharing it with the Canadian bioethics community by submitting your suggestion. Posted resources will of course receive acknowledgement and appropriate citation. Thank you!

Research Ethics Board Information

Canadian Clinical Trial's Coordinating Centre (CCTCC) Research Ethics Board Accreditation Recommendations:

Established in April 2015, by the CCTCC in collaboration with Health Canada, the REB Accreditation Working Group was to identify strategies to improve efficiencies of ethics reviews and advance strategic issues like accreditation on a pan-Canadian level for Research Ethics Boards (REB) that review clinical trials.  

CCTCC and Health Canada have developed a joint public response to the final recommendations (FRs) outlining the steps the two organizations can take to address the FRs. Click here to access the final recommendations and response. Of note, the document also contains the CCTCC REB Accreditation Working Group: Interview Report, prepared by Dr. Holly Longstaff of Engage Associates Consulting Group, and the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research: Streamlining of Health Research Ethics Review (SHRER) External Advisory Committee Report for Discussion (2013). 

Virtual Mentor
American Medical Association
Podcasts, ethics cases, open source online ethics journal aimed at students, residents and physicians

Bioethics Seminar Series
University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics
Online video presentations

Online Bioethics Curriculum
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
Cases, primers and interactive online modules

Bioethics for Clinicians Series
Canadian Medical Association Journal

Literature, Arts and Medicine Database
NYU School of Medicine
Literature, film, video and art resources related to medical humanities, health, liberal arts and social sciences

Bioethics Research Library
Georgetown University
A portal of bioethics resources

Introduction to Personal Directives
Capital Health (Nova Scotia)
5 min. online video

Introduction to Informed Choice 
Capital Health (Nova Scotia)
6 min. online video

Introduction to Privacy & Confidentiality 
Capital Health (Nova Scotia)
6 min. online video

Ethics Case Database
Nova Scotia Health Ethics Network

Quality End of Life Care  
Hamilton Health Sciences
Online resources

A Romp Through Ethics for Complete Beginners
University of Oxford
Online video series

Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?
Harvard University
Online video lectures and discussion questions

Integrated Ethics  
US Department of Veteran Affairs National Center for Ethics in Health Care
Clinical ethics resources

Inside the Ethics Committee
BBC Radio
Podcasts of ethics experts discussing real life cases (approx. 43 mins. each)

Health Ethics Week 2014
Alberta Health Services
Online video presentations and powerpoint slides

Lunchtime Ethics Series
Alberta Health Services 
Online video presentations and powerpoint slides

Health Ethics Seminars 
John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre
Online video presentations and powerpoint slides

Population and Public Health Ethics Casebook
CIHR, National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy, and Public Health Ontario
Case studies and analyses on public health ethics issues

The Canadian Bioethics Companion
Dave Unger
An online textbook for Canadian ethicists and health care workers

Casebook on Ethical Issues in International Health Research
World Health Organization
Case studies on ethical issues related to planning, reviewing, or conducting health-related research

Visiting Speaker Series
Ryerson University Department of Philosophy
Online video presentations

Nova Scotia Health Ethics Network Videos
Online video presentations

TED Talks
Online video presentations




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