I’ve been thinking about writing this « Director’s note » in English for a while. This idea was prompted by e-mails I occasionally receive from non-French speaking trainees asking me why official communication from the CRCHUM cannot be sent in both languages. The response of course is that French is the official language in Québec; that we are a public institution; and that we must respect our provincial language rules. The second reason is that we unfortunately don’t have the resources to translate all documents in English.
With a view to ensuring that ethical principles and norms are respected in all research activities, the CHUM has created two ethics review boards for the rigorous evaluation and follow-up of research projects undertaken in our institution.