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Research Data Management: Ethical review

Ethical principles

All research shall comply with the Finnish National Board on Research Integrity (TENK) guidelines Responsible conduct of research and procedures for handling allegations of misconduct in Finland (2012, the RCR guidelines) (PDF in Finnish, Swedish, and English).

In addition to the RCR guidelines, TENK has issued guidelines on the ethical principles to be followed as well as ethical review to be arranged for research in the humanities and social and behavioural sciences: The ethical principles of research with human participants and ethical review in the human sciences in Finland (2019) (PDF in Finnish, Swedish and English).

When engaging in international collaboration, researchers shall follow European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity (Revised edition) by ALLEA (All European Academies).

Researchers shall bear the responsibility for ethical and moral concerns and decisions involved in the research and during the interaction between the researcher and research participants. Follow Hanken's ethical guidelines and good data protection practices to maintain high ethical standards and comply with relevant legislation (See Hanken's privacy policy in the section About data protection):

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Ethical review

You need to fill in the ethical review request e-form and submit to Hanken’s Research Ethics Committee if your study is one of the six types:

  1. a study in which you won’t be asking for Informed Consent from research participants (i.e., a study in which you won’t inform the participants beforehand, about the fact that they are being studied, or ask for their permission).
  2. a study in which you give research participants something to eat, drink, smell, or touch, as an intervention – or otherwise intervene their physical integrity.
  3. a study in which you will expose participants to exceptionally strong stimuli (e.g., shocking pictures).
  4. a study in which the subjects are children under the age of 15, or represent other vulnerable groups/populations (e.g., asylum seekers).
  5. a study which might risk causing long-term mental harm to participants (e.g., trauma, depression, sleeplessness) beyond risks encountered in normal life.
  6. a study which might risk causing physical harm or signify a security risk to subjects (e.g., studies concerning domestic violence).