Guidance on Research Ethics
Good Scientific Practice
Commitment to good scientific practice is primarily up to each individual researcher, but also to each supervisor, the whole research team, the head of a research unit and the leadership of the University. In addition to good scientific practice each doctoral student must take into account valid legislation. At the University of Eastern Finland, violations of good scientific practice are monitored by the leadership of the University, Rector and Academic Rector.
The National Advisory Board on Research Ethics (Tutkimuseettinen neuvottelukunta, TENK) nominated by Ministry of Culture and Education has issued research ethics guidelines Responsible Conduct of Research and Procedures for Handling Allegations and Misconduct in Finland.
Universities Finland (UNIFI) and The National Advisory Board on Research Ethics (TENK) have also compiled a recommendation for the universities about research ethical aspects in supervising and inspection of the doctoral dissertation. English translation is still pending.
Each doctoral student has to be aware of good scientific practices.
Ethical Guidelines for Teaching and Studying
You can find Ethical Guidelines for Teaching and Studying here.
The ethical committees assess the ethicality of research project and, if necessary, gives statements about them. Responsibility for adhering to the ethical guidelines remains with the researcher despite of the statement.
Research Projects and Studies in Medicine and Health Sciences
When a research project or study in Health Sciences or Medicine intervenes with the physical or mental integrity of a person, the project or study is required by law to undergo an ethical review by the ethics committee of the hospital district concerned. Research projects and studies in medicine and health sciences carried out at the University of Eastern Finland are reviewed by the ethics committee of the North Savo Hospital District. The review of the committee adheres to the Medical Research Act (1999/488).Requests for statement and instructions: Committee on Research Ethics of the North Savo Hospital District
Research Projects and Studies in the Humanities and Social and Behavioural Sciences
The Committee on Research Ethics of the University of Eastern Finland carries out reviews and issues statements on research projects and studies in the humanities and social and behavioural sciences. The Committee adheres to the Guidelines of the National Advisory Board on Research Ethics relating to research in the humanities and social and behavioural sciences.
Requests for statement and instructions: Committee on Research Ethics of the University of Eastern Finland
Guidelines and Regulations on Using Laboratory Animals
The use of laboratory animals is subject to licence. The use of animals for experimental purposes is regulated in Finland by the Act on the Protection of Animals Used for Scientific or Educational Purposes (497/2013), the Government Decree on the Protection of Animals Used for Scientific or Educational Purposes (564/2013) and other legislation on the use of animals for experimental purposes. Further information is available from the website of the Laboratory Animal Centre.
Organisations that take part in ethical assessment in Finland: