The Responsibilities of the Ethics Committee
The Ethics Committee of the University of Turku
- initiates and upholds discussion on research ethics in the university
- promotes and supervises the realisation of ethical research education in the university and gives advice on issues related to research ethics
- is an expert body in problematical situations that are related to research ethics
- assesses and gives comments on the research ethics of non-medical research where the subjects are human beings
- follows the international development in the field of research ethics (in non-medical research)
- follows the development and prepares for the implementation of the national guidelines in the University of Turku
Research Assessed by the Committee
The Field of Research
The Ethics Committee assesses all non-medical research that involves human beings as research subjects and can cause either direct or indirect injury to the participants. The injury can be physical, mental, social or economic and is against the subject’s (which can also be a group, organisation or other juristic person) interest and rights. The injury can be, for example, physical or mental damage, a break up in social relationships or a hindrance to the subject’s studies or employment possibilities. Additionally, poor data protection can also injure the subject in many ways.
Ethical assessment concerns especially fields such as nursing science, physical education, psychology and social work. However, all research where the methods can cause injury to human subjects in the manner mentioned above are ethically assessed. This applies to all fields of research at the different faculties of the University of Turku.
The Level of Research
Preliminary ethical assessment has to be carried out with doctoral dissertations and other scientific research that involve human beings as research subjects and meet the criteria (linkki kohtaan 2.2) for ethical assessment.
Ethical assessment does not have to be carried out with basic degree theses (Bachelor’s and Master’s theses) unless the supervisor of the thesis degrees it necessary.
In such cases, the supervisor is responsible for making the request for comment. The supervisor must also ensure that the student is familiar with good scientific practice and the procedure in handling misconduct.