Academic integrity and Ethics Review Board

Within ESHCC, everyone involved in education and research is responsible for maintaining our research integrity. Compliance with the general principles of a professional scientific approach is required at all times. The Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity elaborates these principles, which are also recognised by the EUR and apply as guidelines for the university.

ESHCC Ethics Review Board

The Ethics Review Committee considers ethical questions connected with the specific nature of prospective research. The Committee assesses proposals submitted by ESHCC researchers in the domains of Social Sciences and the Humanities. The Ethics Review Committee is not responsible for checking on compliance with what has been agreed upon in the Ethics Review Procedure by way of the approval letter, except, in particular cases, for externally funded research. Revisions of, or amendments to, a research project that has been approved by the Ethics Review Committee, need to be reviewed by the Ethics Review Committee as well.

Please note, the ESHCC Ethics Review Committee discourages (Re)MA-students to do research with vulnerable people. If they, after careful consideration, still want to do this type of research, they have to ask for approval from the Ethics Review Committee following the same procedure as ESHCC researchers. We ask the supervisor to check the forms before they are submitted. The Ethics Review Committee communicates with the supervisor.


The following people have a seat on the Board:

Secretary: Tijs Gelens, MA (ERS)

    How to submit your application

    Please submit the following documents to You can download the templates below. 

    • Checklist Ethics Review (questionnaire) - mandatory for all ESHCC researchers (There is a FAQ Ethics Review available, but this FAQ can only be accessed through MyEUR, since it contains texts derived from research proposals)
    • Data Management plan – mandatory for all ESHCC researchers (The Data management FAQ can be downloaded below. For individual advice on your Data Management Plan, please see the website of the Erasmus Data Service Centre)

    For more information on Data Management and for individual advice on your Data Management Plan, please see the website of the Erasmus Data Service Centre.

    • Informed consent form - there is an ESHCC template available, which you can download below

    The ESHCC Ethics Review Committee works with submission dates:

    • The first of each month, or when the first of the month falls in a weekend, the Monday after this weekend. 
    • No Submissions will be reviewed in July and August*.

    * If you need an application checked in this period, please inform the Committee well in advance, so a solution can be sought. 

    Time path:

    • Within two weeks after submission, the reviewers respond to the application;
    • The applicant is expected to respond to the advice within one week. 
    • The results will be communicated to the applicant in the week that follows the response. 

    Please note: this time path may be subject to change when an agreement cannot be reached easily.

    When starting an employment relation with EUR, employees confirm that they will act in compliance with the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Scientific Practice 2014. After a submission has been approved by the Ethics Review Committee, the responsibility of the individual researcher for the work transfers to the faculty, provided that the researcher follows the procedures based on which the approval was provided.

    The Checklist Ethical Review covers key attributes of the social sciences and the humanities that may influence ethical issues (underlying ethical principles; methodology; participants; participant consent; protection of personal data and privacy). The Ethics Review Committee’s assessment considers a number of research project phases (ranging from the research plan to the dissemination of the results) as well as the manner in which ethical questions are converted into procedures and instruments. Whenever the Ethics Review Committee withholds its approval for a submission, it indicates what changes are required to secure the Committee's approval in the future. 

    Relevant documents