External Advisory Bodies

Public Health Agency of Canada's Public Health Ethics Consultative Group (PHECG)

The Public Health Ethics Consultative Group (PHECG) has been established to provide guidance to the Public Health Agency of Canada (the Agency) on ethical issues and questions related to Agency programs and services, and issues of national significance to the practice of public health in Canada, including issues arising both in Canada and internationally.

The guidance of the PHECG supports Agency decision-making, service delivery and other activities, including the response to public health emergencies and outbreaks. As such, the PHECG represents the interests of the Canadian public and reflects the diverse values of a modern pluralistic Canadian society.

For more detailed information about the Public Health Ethics Consultative Group (PHECG), please contact the Secretariat to obtain the group's Terms of Reference.


The PHECG members are highly respected academics and health care professionals who have substantial experience and expertise in ethical theory, public health ethics, research ethics, bioethics or related fields. The members, including the Chair and Vice-Chair, are appointed by the Chief Public Health Officer for a term of two years.

For more detailed information about the members of the PHECG, please refer to the following:

Meeting Information and Reports

The PHECG generally meets on a quarterly basis, in person or via teleconference. It may provide its advice in the form of records of discussion, discussion papers or reports.

Contact Information

For any further questions or inquiries please contact the Public Health Ethics Consultative Group (PHECG) Secretariat.

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