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Commercial and Ethical Aspects of Research

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Professional Standards Regarding Commercial and Ethical Aspects of Research


The College seeks to ensure that all medical research conducted by physicians is safe for patients and conducted with appropriate ethical rigour.

The College endorses the medical research approval policies of the Nova Scotia Health Authority Research and Ethics Board, the IWK Health Sciences Centre and the Dalhousie University Health Sciences Research Ethics Board.

Professional Standards

  1. Physicians must only participate in medical research approved by the:
  1. When recruiting or enlisting patients for a medical research study, physicians must disclose any financial interest or benefit they receive for the medical research.
  2. Physicians must not be listed as an author of medical research unless they played an active role in the authoring, conducting or overseeing of the medical research.

Document History

Approved by the Council of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia: May 25, 2018

Reviewed and updated: October 12, 2018

Approximate date of next review: 2021