Member Initiatives

iStock_000009561938XSmall.jpgIndividual and supporting organization members of the CBS are constantly launching and implementing unique and noteworthy initiatives. This section provides an opportunity to share some of the good work happening in bioethics across Canada. If you know of a recent innovation, initiative, unique event or good practice that should be shared with the Canadian bioethics community, we would love to hear from you!

Bioethique Online

Students and faculty at the University of Montreal have launched a new, bilingual Canadian bioethics journal. A collaborative endeavour between the Bioethics Programme and the Bioethics Student Association, BioéthiqueOnline aims to fill an important gap in the Québec and Canadian bioethics communities by providing the first Canadian bilingual online academic journal that publishes high quality and thought provoking theoretical, conceptual and empirical bioethics research. The journal will provide a space for the publication of diverse forms of bioethics scholarship, including articles, commentaries, editorials, and case studies, from across the full range of specialties in the field.

QI4 Research Ethics

The Canadian Network for the Governance of Ethical Health Research has launched a new website with quality improvement tools for human research protection. The site provides the three types of surveys designed for gathering information that will promote better communication amongst and between researchers, research administrators, research participants (research subjects) and research ethics committees. The hope is that the information gathered through these surveys will provide a starting point for increasing mutual understanding amongst key parties in health research involving humans.

Criteria for Allocating Injectable Opioids During a Period of Undersupply

A collaborative group in B.C. has developed a framework for use by the B.C. Health Authority Shared Services Organization to help answer the question - "what allocation criteria should be used to allocate scarce injectable opioids, if the need for these drugs outweighs supply?". The document provides working guidelines to be operationalized in decision-making in the event they are required. Email for more information and to obtain a copy of the document.

Resource Allocation During a Drug Shortage - Ethical Framework

In response to a request from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics struck an ethics working group to guide: i) redistribution of drug supplies across the province based on need, and ii) service modification in the event of drug shortages affecting service delivery. Visit the Joint Centre for Bioethics website for more information and for a copy of the document.