The Ethics Committee of the University of Turku

The responsibilities of the 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 especially concerns 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 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.​

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Members of the Committee

The members of the committee for the term 1 October 2016 – 30 September 2019 are:
Professor Veikko Launis
Associate Professor Elina Jaakkola
University Lecturer Heini Kainulainen
University Lecturer Mika Koivisto
Lecturer Jarmo Niemi
Professor Mika Scheinin
Legal Counsel Timo Juhola
Professor Riitta Suhonen
Docent Sakari Suominen
University Lecturer Riitta Turtiainen
University Research Fellow Marjaana Veermans
Student Union representative Sirpa Mäki-Turja-Rostedt
Kirsi Klemelä

Request for comments and upcoming meetings

Requests for comments should be delivered to the secretary two weeks before the meeting.

Deliver the documents by email as a single pdf file or to:

Turun yliopisto
Kirsi Klemelä
20014 Turun yliopisto

Upcoming meetings

17 December 2018
31 January 2019
13 March 2019
23 April 2019
4 June 2019
20 August 2019