Incidental Findings

Incidental Findings are unexpected discoveries made during a research study, but are not part of the research itself.  An incidental finding may be considered a ‘material incidental finding’ if it suggests significant implications for the participant.

When material incidental findings are likely in a research project, the investigator should include a plan to manage such findings, within the initial HiREB application.

As per the TCPS2 (2014), Article 3.5, the researcher has an obligation to disclose any material incidental finding to the participant.