Research Ethics Self Test

Should you contact the Research Ethics Coordination for a consultation or support?

 

A 10-question checklist

 

Does your research involve…

1)      … physical interventions on humans (fMRI, obtaining tissue samples);

2)      … human participants (in interviews, or, observations that are audio or video recorded);

3)      ….human participants in technology/prototype trials;

4)      … potentially vulnerable persons (e.g. children, persons  unable  to consent,  minorities,  marginalised  people,  migrants, refugees, victims of abuse and violence);

5)      … methods and/or settings that affect human participants’ well-being physically or mentally (e.g. deception research);

6)      … a risk of injury (e.g. tasks involving physical activity); 

7)      … 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.);

8)      ... biological material (cells/tissues) from living persons or biobanks;

9)      …elements that reveal participants’ racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, sex life or sexual orientation;

10)   … processing genetic data, biometric data for the purpose of uniquely identifying a natural person, data concerning health, or data concerning a natural person’s sex life or sexual orientation?

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

Should you contact the Research Ethics Coordination for a consultation or support?

Your research does not involve human participants, however, you think your work may raise other concerns that require attention from the research ethics point of view. This self-test may help you decide whether to contact the Research Ethics Coordination for a consultation.

 

Does your research involve…

 

1)      … physical interventions on animals;

2)      … Secondary use of personal data from other research projects;

3)      …Experiments or substances that may be harmful for the environment or research staff?

 

In addition,

 

4)     Can your research have results / aspects / implications that can be misused by others?

5)     Can your research have non-civilian / dual uses?

6)     Will your research be performed in a country that is not an EU Member State?

7)     Can your research involve a conflict of interest?

 

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