(Violations of) Scientific Integrity

The observance of due care and scientific integrity form the foundation of science and are important preconditions for the achievement of EUR Holding BV objectives. All persons involved in teaching and research within EUR Holding BV – as within the EUR as a whole – have a personal responsibility to preserve scientific integrity. They must therefore comply with the general principles of professional academic conduct.

Applicable codes of conduct

EUR Holding BV and its LLC’s have adopted the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity 2018.  Regarding the scope and principles of the Code:

  • The code covers scientific and scholarly research in the broadest sense, as conducted at institutions that adopt it. This encompasses both publicly and privately funded research, be that fundamental, applied or practice-oriented.
  •  ‘Research’ refers to all activities connected to the practice of research – applying for funding, designing and conducting research, engaging in assessment and peer review, serving as an expert and documenting, reporting and publicizing research.
  • Institutions need to provide an open, safe and inclusive research culture in which researchers   discuss the standards for good research practices and  hold each other accountable for compliance with the standards. The management of the institution must fulfil so called care duties so that researchers can and, in fact, do observe the standards for good research practices. See paragraph 4 of the Code.

Chapter 2 defines five principles of integrity that underlie good research practices.

  • Honesty
  • Scrupulousness
  • Transparency
  • Independence
  • Responsibility

EUR Holding BV has also adopted the existing Provisions of the EUR in relation to scientific integrity.

EUR Holding BV Scientific Integrity Counsellor

EUR Holding BV provides a Scientific Integrity Counsellor in the person of Professor Jack Vromen. He may be contacted via the email address scientificintegrity-counsellor@holding.eur.nl. In the event of his absence, he will be adequately replaced.

The task of the Scientific Integrity Counsellor of EUR Holding BV is to give advice and counselling on questions, reports, or complaints about scientific integrity, (suspected) violations of scientific integrity, and misconduct in connection with contract research and teaching within EUR Holding BV subsidiaries. In practice, this means that a person filing an incident report (informant) or lodging a complaint (complainant) will in the first instance receive advice from the counsellor on the issue at hand before deciding whether to pursue filing the report or use the formal complaints procedure. In that case, the counsellor will inform the informant or complainant about the formal procedure to follow, or offer mediation that might lead to a resolution of the problem.

The counsellor will carry out this task in consultation with the Scientific Integrity Counsellor of Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), also in connection with cases that involve research or educational activities and/or persons associated with one of the University’s Schools.