Research Ethics Check Lists

Use the following checklists to see if you should contact the Research Ethics Coordination before submitting your proposal:

Does your research involve …

  • human participants (in interviews, or, observations that are audio or video recorded)?
  • human participants in technology/prototype trials?
  • potentially vulnerable persons (e.g. children, persons unable to consent, minorities, marginalised people, migrants, refugees, victims of abuse and violence)?
  • methods and/or settings that affect human participants’ well-being physically or mentally (e.g. deception research)?
  • a risk of injury (e.g. tasks involving physical activity)?
  • physical interventions on humans (fMRI, obtaining tissue samples)?
  • biological material (cells/tissues) from living persons or biobanks?
  • processing of information about human subjects (processing includes e.g. collecting, storing, analyzing, disseminating and compiling. The information may take various forms, e.g. text, sound, or pictures.)?
  • elements that reveal participants’ ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, gender identity, sex life or sexual orientation?
  • processing genetic data, biometric data for the purpose of uniquely identifying a natural person, data concerning health, or data concerning a natural person’s gender identity, sex life or sexual orientation?
  • possibility of results/aspects/implications that can be misused by others?

If you answered one or more of the questions with “yes”, contact the Research Ethics Coordination before you submit your research proposal.

  • Does your research involve physical interventions on animals?
  • Does your research involve secondary use of personal data from other research projects?
  • Does your research involve experiments or substances that may be harmful for the environment or research staff?
  • Will your research be performed in a country that is not an EU Member State?

If you answered any of the questions above with “yes”, contact the Research Ethics Coordination before submitting your research proposal.