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Nature and functions

The Research Ethics Committee of the University of Deusto is an independent, unbiased and interdisciplinary body that is both consultative and advisory in nature, and reports to the Vice-Rector’s Office for Research, which is responsible for:

  • Conducting the ethical assessment of research projects and drawing up the ethical suitability reports requested by institutions and researchers.
  • Ensuring compliance with best research and experimentation practices with regard to individuals’ fundamental rights and the concerns related to environmental defence and protection.
  • Supervising assessment processes or ethical requirements in research carried out by institutions and public bodies.
  • Preparing reports for the University’s governing bodies on the ethical problems that may arise from R+D+i activities.
  • Ensuring compliance with the Policy on Scientific Integrity and Best Research Practices of the University of Deusto.
  • Providing guidance on laws, regulations and reports on research ethics.
  • Reviewing procedures that have already been assessed, or proposing the suspension of any experimentation already started if there are objective reasons to do so.
  • Developing a support and training programme to enable researchers at the University of Deusto to incorporate and give prominence to the criteria on the ethical scope of their research projects.
  • Any other functions assigned by the Vice-Rector’s Office for Research on research ethics.