Ethics and policy guidance for your research

Human health research evolves in a fast-paced environment and often raises a number of emerging ethico-legal questions. We provide guidance, training and assistance with the development of policy documents and tools to help researchers manage their projects.

Our sectors of expertise include genomics, data-intensive research, biobanking, cancer research, research with pediatric or vulnerable populations, stem cell research, populational studies and more.

(*Services do not constitute a legal opinion.)


We offer general guidance and training sessions


regarding the research ethics committee submission process


based on specific research needs and domains

Our experts provide responses on ad hoc questions related to ethico-legal aspects of research projects.

(*This guidance does not constitute a legal opinion.)

We collaborate with research teams to develop study documents in view of submission to institutional ethics committees.
In particular, we offer the following:


Assistance with the development of the study protocol and governance framework

Preparation of study-specific policies and procedures (SOPs), or review of existing documents. For example, P3G2 develops policies relating to:

  • Consent and recruitment
  • Data access and sharing
  • Return of results
  • Privacy and security
  • Intellectual property
  • Publications

Alignment of retrospective datasets

i.e. use of legacy data/samples

Drafting recruitment material

Consent forms, information leaflets, guidance/promotional material, etc., or review of existing documents

Support for the development of template agreements, e.g.:

  • Data transfer agreements
  • Material transfer agreements


Agreement templates for multi-site studies

(*This guidance does not constitute a legal opinion.)

We set up and manage independent study-specific committees responsible for the evaluation of access applications for research databases/biobanks, in line with requirements established by dataset custodians/consents.

*We do not provide legal opinions.

Why work with P3G2?

Working with P3G2 ensures that researchers have timely access to a wide range of ethico-legal expertise.

In particular, we help researchers do the following:

  • Improve the efficiency of the ethics submission process through our knowledge of the steps and requirements involved.
  • Provide a pragmatic approach to development of supporting documentation.
  • Access a wide range of experts who can help bridge knowledge from the research and biomedical ethics ecosystems.
  • Gain a better understanding of general expectations relating to research ethics and governance, and apply this to future projects.

Domain Experts

In the provision of our services, we rely on in-house expertise of policy experts from the Centre of Genomics and Policy (McGill University). Many of these experts are or have been members of research ethics boards and can provide insight on expectations and requirements.

Domain-specific experts include:

  • Stem Cells/Regenerative Medicine
  • Data Access
  • Commercialization/Intellectual Property
  • Gene Therapy/Rare Diseases
  • Biobanking
  • Cancer
  • Pediatric genetic testing/screening/sequencing
  • Data Protection/Privacy and Data Sharing
  • Bioethics
  • Privacy/Bioinformatics
  • Epidemiology/Sociology