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Tri-Council policy statement: ethical conduct for research involving humans   
http://www.pre.ethics.gc.ca/pdf/eng/tcps2/TCPS_2_FINAL_Web.pdf

A joint policy of Canada’s three federal research agencies – the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) – expressing these agencies’ continuing commitment to promote the ethical conduct of research involving humans.  Informed, in part, by leading international ethics norms, all of which may help, in some measure, to guide Canadian researchers, in Canada and abroad, in the conduct of research involving humans.

Describes in Chapter 4 the ways in which women should not by excluded by research studies, as they have traditionally been, on the basis of gender, sex, reproductive capacity, or because they are pregnant or breastfeeding “unless there is a valid reason for doing so”.

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Published: December, 2010