Scientific Integrity: Responsibilities for contractors and other collaborators

In November of 2018, the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) notified federal departments of the requirement to work with Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) representatives to develop and implement Scientific Integrity Policies and procedures by December 31, 2018. The Agency’s Scientific Integrity Policy came into effect on December 13, 2018.

The Agency’s Scientific Integrity Policy applies to all employees. The Agency is also responsible for ensuring that contractors and/or collaborators involved in, or providing services in support of, research, science or related activities are informed of the Policy and encouraged to comply with its provisions and intent. The key points of the Policy, relevant to contractors and other external collaborators (e.g., recipients of grant and contribution funding) are summarized below.

This is a simplified summary of sections of the Agency’s Scientific Integrity Policy that may be relevant to contractors, for informational purposes.

Objectives of the Policy

Principles of scientific integrity

Speaking publicly about science or research

Publishing science or research

Culture of scientific integrity

For more information on the policy, consult the Agency’s Scientific Integrity Policy and/or contact the Scientific Integrity Lead at

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