Law, regulation and policies of medicines and other health products, risk management and quality in health facilities, organization of the health network, governance, policy development process, patents and competition in the life sciences sector, risk sharing agreements, research contract, economic theories of law


A CIRANO Researcher and Fellow since 2010, Main Researcher of the theme Innovation and Digital Transformation, Mélanie Bourassa Forcier is Full Professor at the Faculty of Law of the Université de Sherbrooke. She directs the programs in Health Law and Policy and Life Sciences Law. She is also a member of the Commission de l'éthique en science et en technologie and Deputy Commissioner of Ethics and Regulations for the Commissioner of Health and Welfare.

Holding a Pharmaceutical Patent Law from McGill University, has expertise in the regulatory framework relating to the marketing and reimbursement of new medical technologies. She is particularly interested in their potential use to make a health care system more efficient, the incentives that encourage their development and the standards that may represent barriers to their implementation in health care systems. She is currently focusing her research on the legal issues (privacy, patents, marketing, liability) related to the implementation of artificial intelligence in the health sector.

She sat on the Board of Directors of the Montreal Heart Institute for nearly 5 years, where she chaired the Risk Management and Vigilance Committees. She has been called upon to present various conferences in London and in the United States on the subject.She has edited and published numerous books and articles on the subject of pharmaceutical regulation and health law. She has been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards and fellowships, including a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship and the Commonweatlh Fellowship.

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CIRANO Publications by Mélanie Bourassa Forcier

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Introduction d’un télérobot en résidences privées : Enjeux légaux et organisationnels

Mélanie Bourassa Forcier, Dary-Anne Tourangeau, Gaëlle Feruzi and Mathieu Kiriakos


Don d’organes au Québec - Étude comparée des bonnes pratiques

Luna Altarbouch, Nicholas Hébert-Gauthier and Mélanie Bourassa Forcier

Governance, Social Policies and Health

Encadrement normatif et contractuel des pratiques de téléconsultation en clinique de première ligne

Mélanie Bourassa Forcier, Maude Laberge, Lionel Adisso, Eugene Attisso, Matilda Bourdeau-Chabot, Camille Cardenas Benoit, Dereck Dumont, Olivia Toussaint-Martin, Dary-Anne Tourangeau and 4 other authors

Covid-19 and Digital Transformation

La santé au cœur de la relance économique du Québec

Marianne Araj, Jolianne Bolduc, Clara Bolster-Foucault, Roxane Borgès Da Silva, Mélanie Bourassa Forcier, Francesca Brundisini, Siramane Coulibaly, Carl-Ardy Dubois, Raquel Fonseca, Pierre-Carl Michaud, Bernard Fortin, Raphaël Godefroy, Kossi Thomas Golo, Maude Laberge, Guy Lacroix, Claude Montmarquette, Thomas G. Poder, Amélie Quesnel-Vallée, Camille Savard, Erin C. Strumpf, Olivia Toussaint-Martin, Eric Tchouaket Nguemeleu, Maripier Isabelle and 18 other authors

Covid-19 and Health

CIRANO Projects

Monitoring of innovations in home care services in Quebec

Mélanie Bourassa Forcier, Hugo Prévosto, Maude Gauthier

Highlighting the different models of private residences for seniors (RPA) in Quebec, issues and opportunities

Mélanie Bourassa Forcier, Dereck Dumont

Organ donation in Aboriginal communities: issues and barriers, literature review and research needs

Mélanie Bourassa Forcier


Health at the heart of Quebec's economic recovery

La santé au cœur de la relance économique du Québec - Publié le September 3, 2020

Roxane Borgès Da Silva, Claude Montmarquette, Erin C. Strumpf, Mélanie Bourassa Forcier, Amélie Quesnel-Vallée, Maude Laberge, Carl-Ardy Dubois, Thomas G. Poder, Bernard Fortin, Guy Lacroix, Raquel Fonseca, Pierre-Carl Michaud, Suzanne Bisaillon, Raphaël Godefroy