Scientific Integrity

Ethics assessment for research

Review medical-scientific research

Research with human subjects must undergo a medical ethical review if it falls under the Medical Research Involving Human Subjects Act (WMO). Research falls under the WMO if the following two criteria are met:

  1. it is medical/scientific research, and
  2. people are subjected to procedures or are required to follow rules of behaviour.

For assssment of research that falls under the WMO act the University Twente collaborates with the Medical-ethical assessment committee Twente (METC Twente). More information regarding research that falls under the WMO act can be found at the website of the Central Committee on Research involving Human Subjects. Information regarding submitting research proposals for review can be found at the METC website (in Dutch).

Review of non medical-scientific research

Ethics assessment of research which does not fall under the WMO act is organized separately. The faculties Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences (BMS); Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EW); and Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) have separate procedures and regulations. More information can be found at the websites of BMS, EWI and ITC.

Laboratory animal research

The UT follows the Dutch Code for transparency in animal testing (in Dutch) and has its own animal testing policy. The University of Twente understand the concerns in politics and society with regard to the use of test animals in scientific research. Before researchers can make use of animals in scientific research, all research needs to be reviewed and approved by theĀ Central Authority for Scientific Procedures on AnimalsĀ (CCD).