In the past, CSMLS traditionally conducted membership-based research to support the operations of the society. Many of these projects involved institutional documents and data analyses and did not require ethical reviews at the time. As research endeavours grew and external requests to contact CSMLS members increased, the Research Ethics Board (REB) was created in 2006 to support ethical participation and oversight of members in research. The CSMLS seeks to conduct and facilitate research in accordance with accepted Canadian practices as laid out in the Tri-Council Policy Statement.
The CSMLS Research and Special Initiatives Department's research mandate:
- Continue to nurture the research culture within medical laboratory science and the profession, building on current success.
- Integrate the strengths of CSMLS to support academic partners in continuing to provide open learning, flexible programming, program laddering, opportunities for hands-on practicums through clinical placement and simulation and education structures for international and vulnerable students.
- Promote the development of academic research by students and educators as an essential part of the medical laboratory profession’s future.
- Provide consultation for research programs and studies.
- Administer research accounts and ensure compliance of research, expenditures with granting agencies and proper accounting overhead.
- Raise funds for research from traditional and non-traditional sources.
- Promote funding opportunities and help members, educators and students leverage funding for current and future scholarly activities.
- Administer internal grant competitions and monitor award committees.
- Facilitate liaisons between government, industry, academic institutions and community groups for research projects.
- Report on internal and external research activities, including publications and funding, and contributions to society and members.
- Accept research with co-op and internship programs and project-based graduate degrees.
- Create and disseminate education for ethics reviews, funding applications and awards opportunities.
- Review and authorize grant and contract preparation.
- Support the rights of human participants in research and training in this area for Research Ethics Board members (via the Office of the CEO).
- Support the CSMLS Code of Ethics for all members.
- Maintain a current inventory of research and special initiative reports for member and stakeholder access.
- Develop, review and revise policies for research, intellectual property management and commercialization, graduate and undergraduate research, and overhead on grants and contracts, etc.
- With oversight from the Office of the CEO and Research Ethics Board, the Research and Special Initiatives Department is in compliance with administering Tri-Council policies on research with human subjects and all policies relating to research and sponsored projects.
- Liaise with Leadership Team on issues relating to research support, including research staff and volunteers.