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Research ethics and animal testing ethics

If you are informed about research ethics, you can ask the right questions about what is appropriate or inappropriate in research. Research ethics is about both legislation and rules and good research practice.

Are you planning to do research that involves people or the processing of personal data? If so, you may need to seek ethical approval.

More information about ethical review

The Swedish Ethical Review Authority (in Swedish)

The Swedish Research Council runs a website providing information about animal experiments in collaboration with Lund University and seven other Swedish universities.

More information about animal experiments from the Swedish Research Council (in Swedish)

The Swedish Board of Agriculture website has more information about the rules and permits for use of laboratory animals.

More information about animal experiments on the Swedish Board of Agriculture website (in Swedish)

At Lund University, deviations from good research practice and research misconduct are handled by the Deviations from Good Research Practice Review Board. 

More information about deviations from good research practice and research misconduct

Guidelines for the processing of matters relating to suspected deviation from good research practice at Lund University Decision 2021-09-23 (PDF 145 kB)

Consent is to be informed, voluntary and explicit.

Being informed means that the person who is asked for consent has received relevant information about the study and what is entailed in taking part. Information that is relevant here covers the aim of the study, why the person has been contacted, who is behind the study, what is entailed in taking part from the participant’s perspective, what happens to the personal data and samples if the person chooses to take part, how this data is protected, etc.

If personal data is involved in the research, which is normally the case, you must provide information on the person’s rights according to the GDPR.

Research often involves handling data that can be linked in some way to living individuals. The Personal Data Act regulates the management of such data.

More information about managing personal data

Every year, large numbers of biological samples are deposited in biobanks. This usually takes place for clinical purposes that benefit the patient, but the samples may also be used in research.

More information about biobank research