Legal and Socio-ethical Issues
Consideration and research on the ethical, social and legal issues involved in research projects is important to ensure that scientific research respects the common values of society while at the same time allowing Québec to pursue its scientific leadership. The RMGA has played a prominent role in this respect for many years, either through the development of Statements of Guiding Principles or its role as a adviser when social issues arise (e.g. is it necessary to adopt a law prohibiting genetic discrimination?).
The objective of this Strategic Theme is to improve awareness on the socio-ethical and legal issues of genomic research, to support RMGA researchers in their projects and to develop practical and concrete tools.
|Researcher Support||To support researchers in their projects, in particular for the preparation of documents necessary for the ethical evaluation of their projects, during the participants' consent process or for the development of policies for management or access to databases.||Bartha Maria Knoppers, Yann Joly|
Provide practical and concrete tools on ethical and legal issues raised by genomics research. For example, since 1995, the RMGA has published six Statements of Principles on emerging ethical and legal issues in genetic and genomic research*. Recently, the RMGA updated and consolidated these Statements of Principles into one document:
The RMGA also develops positions on certain issues raised by research and genetics and medical genomics in Quebec. For example:
* Please note that the former Statements of Principles remain available for consultation purposes:
Statement of Principles on the Secondary Use of Data and Biological Material Collected in the Context of Health Care or Research (2010, English version not available)
|Bartha Maria Knoppers, Yann Joly|