What is TCPS? Who needs to know about TCPS? Where is information on TCPS?

  • TCPS is an abbreviation for Tri-Council Policy Statement for Ethical Conduct for Research involving Humans.
  • Now there is a new online tutorial for TCPS. It is an excellent educational tool and particularly useful for new researchers and graduate students. The direct link is
  • For full details of the TCPS guidelines go to
  • All human subject research at UBC must adhere to TCPS guidelines. TCPS covers research involving the recruitment of human subjects in person, by mail-out or internet. TCPS also applies to research involving human tissue and personal data collected on human subjects.
  • All research proposals involving human subjects need ethical approval before the research starts. Please check out the information relating to the UBC Research Ethics Boards by visiting