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Research Ethics Committee

The IRSST’s Ethics Policy on Research Involving Humans is one of the tools the Institute and its staff have at their disposal to help them appropriately address the various dilemmas and concerns associated with research involving human subjects.

The Institute’s Research Ethics Committee (REC) supports this process, which is fundamentally based on respect for human dignity. The IRSST’s REC has a mandate to assess the ethical validity of research projects requiring the involvement of human subjects conducted by IRSST researchers or by research collaborators who do not have access to such a committee. The projects carried out by external researchers are submitted to the REC in their institution.

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Composition of the committee


  • Emmanuelle Marceau, associate professor at Université de Montréal, philosophy teacher at Cégep du Vieux Montréal

Community Representative and Alternate Chair

  • Suzanne Côté, public health and social services professional and nurse epidemiologist at the Quebec City public health research unit, CHU-CHUQ

Committee Coordinator

  • Sophie De Serres, scientific advisor at the IRSST


  • André Plamondon, senior researcher at the IRSST
  • Sabrina Gravel, strategic watch agent and research co-ordinator in chemical and biological hazard prevention at the IRSST and doctoral student in toxicology and risk analysis at the Université de Montréal’s school of public health
  • Me Virginie Maloney, lawyer specializing in occupational health and safety