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Research ethics and scientific misconduct

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.

Ethical review

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 on the Lund University research ethics website

The Swedish Ethical Review Authority (in Swedish)

Informed consent

Research on humans is normally only permissible if the participants have agreed to participate in the study.

More information about informed consent on the Lund University research ethics website

Handling personal data

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 on the Lund University research ethics website

Biobank research

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 on the Lund University research ethics website

Animal experiments

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)

Scientific misconduct

Research fraud and scientific misconduct at Lund University are dealt with by the Research Misconduct Review Board.

More information about scientific misconduct on the Lund University research ethics website

Regulations on the processing of matters concerning suspected misconduct in research, artistic development or other development work at Lund University (PDF 204 kB, new window)

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