National Ethics and Safety Committee

1. Organization & Governance
Policy Number: 
Policy Section: 
Approved by: 
Date Approved: 
Sun, Mar 7, 2004
Date Effective: 
Date Last Amended: 
Mon, Jul 6, 2015
Date of Next Review: 
Wed, Aug 1, 2018
Executive Director

1 Membership

1.1 Membership consists of:

  1. The chair appointed by the Executive Director in consultation with NJC, for a three year term, renewable.
  2. Two members appointed by the National Judging Committee (NJC), for a three year term, renewable.
  3. The NJC-NPAC Liaison Member.
  4. The Executive Director ex officio.
  5. The CWSF Safety Coordinator

1.2 In consultation with the Executive Director and the Chair of the NJC, the Chair of the Ethics Committee may invite others to join, so as to provide the full range of expertise required, for a term of three years.

2 Terms of Reference

2.1 The committee is responsible for reviewing the policies governing research involving human participants and animals. After consultation with the NJC and other experts with the appropriate professional background, the committee will make recommendations for change as required.

2.2 The committee examines any project or project proposal submitted to it from a Regional Science Fair Ethics Committee to assess the project’s compliance with Youth Science Canada policies for the involvement and safety of human participants, and animals and that the project was conducted under proper safety procedures and appropriate supervision.  The NESC will rule on the eligibility of projects for science fair competition.

2.3 Prior to the CWSF, NESC and designated CJAP members review The committee reviews all the CWSF project reports for compliance with Youth Science Canada policy for the involvement and safety of human participants and animals and safety. Projects in compliance with NESC policy qualify for the CWSF.

2.4 The NESC is responsible for maintaining these policies: Participation of Humans in Research – Low Risk Participation of Humans in Research – Significant Risk Use of Invertebrate Animals in Research Use of Vertebrate Animals in Research
4.2.1 Use of Firearms, Hazardous Materials and Equipment
4.2.2 Recombinant DNA, Synthetic Nucleic Acid Molecules and Biotechnological Safety

2.5 Request for Review.

The Regional Science Fair may make a single Request for Review of a decision reached by the National Ethics and Safety Committee (NESC)

  1. The request must be based on one or both of two conditions:
    i) The RSF believes that the NESC has made an error.
    ii) The RSF wishes to provide additional information not provided in the original submission.
  2. The Request for Review must be evidence based, and appropriate references must be provided.
  3. Requests for Review based solely on the opinion of the RSF will be denied
  4. Only one Request for Review per submission will be allowed.
  5. The Request for Review must be submitted on the form Request for Advice or a Ruling available here:
  6. Because the NESC is the senior committee of Youth Science Canada, with members carefully selected for their deep knowledge of Ethics and Safety, its ruling on a Request for Review is final, and cannot be appealed further.

2.5 The committee is responsible for maintaining the area of the Youth Science Canada website used to educate the science fair community on the ethical involvement of human participants and animals.

2.6 The committee reports to the National Judging Committee on a regular basis.