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  • 19 mars 2019

    The Centre is made up of institutions in the Québec public health network under the scientific coordination of the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ), which, in conjunction with its mission, establishes links with Canadian and international organizations in order to foster cooperation and the pooling of knowledge.

    The Collaborating Centre seeks to contribute at the international level to research, development and the dissemination of intersectoral approaches to promote safety and prevent intentional and unintentional injuries.

    2014-2018 Mandate:

    • Collaborate in the activities of the WHO and the PAHO.
    • Satisfy the needs of the international community.
    • Support the Réseau francophone international de prévention des traumatismes et de promotion de la sécurité (French-speaking injury prevention and safety promotion network).

    Anticipated contributions:

    1. Collaborate on WHO’s program of...
  • 1 mars 2019

    A survey was conducted among coroners and medical examiners to assess the usefulness of developing a toxicovigilance program. They are in favour of setting up a toxicovigilance program based on medicolegal toxicological data from ongoing investigations. Toxicovigilance activities in the Nova Scotia Medical Examiner Service are also presented. 

    Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux, in collaboration with Institut national de santé publique du Québec and Bureau du coroner du Québec, wishes to set up a province-wide toxicovigilance program. To assess the feasibility of such a program, a review of the grey and scientific literature was conducted. The review was carried out in summer 2017 to identify examples of toxicovigilance activities based on toxicological analysis data collected by coroners and medical examiners on deceased persons before formal determination of the cause of death. The results of the literature review are presented in a related publication (Vachon...

  • 1 mars 2019

    The coroner is a public officer (doctor, lawyer, or notary) appointed by the provincial government who reports to the Chief Coroner. The coroner systematically intervenes to determine the cause of death in a number of situations, including when a death occurs under violent (e.g., accident, suicide) or mysterious circumstances, when the death is the result of negligence, when the cause of death is unknown, or when the death occurs in a rehabilitation centre, penitentiary, detention centre, intensive supervision unit as defined in the Youth Protection Act, police station, daycare centre, or foster family, or in custody in a health facility, etc. In Québec, nearly 10% of deaths are reported to Bureau du coroner du Québec (BCQ). Following the investigation, the coroner publishes his or her findings in a public report.

    Although a coroner’s report can take an average of 10 to 12 months to produce, information on the presumed causes and circumstances of the death are generally...