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About ethics

Ethics issues can arise in many areas of research. It is important to consider potential ethical issues when you are designing a research project.

The Grant Development Team at LURIS can provide you with guidance on how to deal with the ethical aspects of your project proposal, especially for EU-funded projects.

You may also need to seek advice and approval from the Ethics Committee at your faculty.  

Academic integrity

The integrity and reliability of academic research are of fundamental importance to the university. Everybody, both within Leiden University and outside it, must be able to have confidence that our research is conducted in a scrupulous, fair, verifiable, impartial and independent manner.

The Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity sets out the five basic principles for academic research, which serve as guidelines for all employees and students of Leiden University:

  • Honesty
  • Scrupulousness
  • Transparency
  • Independence
  • Responsibility

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Janneke Vader Senior policy advisor Research

Assessment by Ethics Committee

An Ethics Committee advises you on how to do research in an ethically responsible way. They can also assess your research proposal for ethical issues. The Ethics Committee will then check whether your proposal meets the criteria for ethical academic conduct.

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Ethics Committee Archaeology

The Faculty of Archaeology and the Faculty of Humanities have a joint Ethics Committee. Before starting a new research programme or project, you need to look at the committee's checklist to find out whether you need to submit your research for a Statement of Ethical Clearance. 

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Roswitha Manning Policy maker

Ethics Committee Governance and Global Affairs

The Faculty Board of FGGA has established an Ethics Committee to evaluate all research by FGGA researchers. 

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Manon Osseweijer Head of Education and Research Policy

Ethics Committee Humanities

The Ethics Committee of the Faculty of Humanities issues binding advice on ethical issues in research. Researchers are provided with a checklist to determine whether their research needs to be presented to the committee for an ethics review.

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Marcel Belderbos Secretary Committee on Ethics

Ethics and Data Committee Law

The Ethics and Data Committee of Leiden Law School is responsible for reviewing research proposals from an ethical perspective and monitoring data management plans, including GDPR aspects. In general, this relates to research that makes use of new data.

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Ethics and Data Committee - Leiden Law School

Animal Welfare Body Medicine/LUMC

Research projects involving animals are subject to strict regulations and require a project licence from the Central Authority for Scientific Procedures on Animals (Centrale Commissie Dierproeven; CCD). The LUMC Animal Welfare Body (AWB) is your first point of contact for questions about research aspects related to laboratory animal science. Find information about the AWB on Albinusnet, the intranet for LUMC: 

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Medical Ethics Review Committee Medicine/LUMC

The Medical Ethics Review Committee for Leiden The Hague Delft (MERC-LDD) is recognized by the Central Committee on Research Involving Human Subjects (CCMO). LUMC researchers who perform clinical research, whether or not this involves human subjects, must submit their research protocol to the MERC for approval.

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Ethics Review Committee Social Sciences Social and Behavioural Sciences

The main task of the Ethics Review Committee for Social and Behavioural Sciences is to review new research proposals. It applies the criteria for ethically responsible scientific conduct within the Institutes of Cultural Anthropology and Developmental Sociology, Political Science and the Centre of Science and Technology Studies. 

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Secretary Ethics Review Committee Social Sciences

Education and Child Studies Ethics Committee Education and Child Studies

The Ethics Committee of the Institute of Education and Child Studies oversees the ethical review of research conducted within the institute. All research projects must be submitted to the Ethics Committee.

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Doreen Arnoldus

Psychology Research Ethics Committee Psychology

The Research Ethics Committee of the Institute of Psychology is responsible for the ethical approval of research conducted within the Institute of Psychology. All studies and experiments conducted in the field of psychology must obtain ethical approval in order to protect participants' interests.

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Corry Donner

ICLON Research Ethics Committee Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching

The ICLON Research Ethics Committee (IREC) is responsible for managing procedures related to research undertaken by, or on behalf of, ICLON to ensure that all researchis conducted in accordance with the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Scientific Practice.

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EU Ethics review

Before starting your project, you will need to subject your project proposal for an ethics review. The Grant Development Team has made a list of all the points you need to consider, such as: 

  • conducting an ‘ethics self-assessment’ of the ethical aspects of your project; 
  • contacting an ethics committee; 
  • getting an approval statement from the information manager.

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