Quebec's Public Health Ethics Committee: A Model for the Public Health Agency of Canada
AbstractThe federal government of Canada has recently undertaken to modernize its public health infrastructure, including setting up the Public Health Agency of Canada (Agency). The structure and organizational features of this Agency are still being determined, however. After a brief discussion of public health ethics, this article examines Quebec's Comité d'éthique de santé publique (CESP) in detail and proposes the CESP as a model for the new federal Agency. The author explores the role of the CESP in public health activities and programs. She discusses the membership and transparency of the CESP and also critiques its circumscribed mandate, with the view of examining whether Quebec's CESP could serve as a model for the newer federal Agency.
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