The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) adopted the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity (NCCRI) in 2018. In line with this document, Erasmus University Rotterdam underpins the importance of an ethical review of research projects prior to data collection.
Since January 2021 the Erasmus School of Law Research Ethics Review Committee reviews all research involving:
- Human beings;
- Potential misuse of research results;
- (Special categories of) personal data;
- Potential conflict of interest;
- Non-EU countries;
- External stakeholders, among which are funding organisations;
- Environment, health & safety issues, including potential harm to researchers.
The aim of the ethical review is to ensure that all research that is conducted by faculty-affiliated researchers complies with good practices in terms of protecting the privacy and security of research participants in the collection, analysis, and dissemination of research data, and with the five principles of proper academic practice as set out in the NCCRI: honesty, scrupulousness, transparency, independence, and responsibility. This will advance the quality of the research.
The Research Ethics Review Committee consists of the following members: