Standards for the responsible conduct of research at the Faculty of Health

Fundamental guidelines and requirements designed to safeguard freedom of research and to support all personnel involved in research at the Faculty of Health in planning, conducting and concluding a research project in a transparent, credible manner.

Background

Research integrity and freedom of research are central values at Aarhus University. Everyone who contributes to research at Aarhus University is expected to integrate these principles for responsible conduct of research into their daily activities as a matter of course. These principles include honesty, responsibility, reliability, objectivity, impartiality, fairness, openness and responsible management of the resources with which one has been entrusted.

This means that everyone who contributes to research at the Faculty Health must be familiar with and comply with:

  1. Aarhus University’s Policy for research integrity, freedom of research and responsible conduct of research
  2. Aarhus University’s Rules regarding advice on responsible conduct of research and Aarhus University’s Rules for the Research Practice Committee (handling suspicions of breach of responsible conduct of research at Aarhus University) 
  3. AU’s Instruction for research data management (currently under development).

In addition, everyone who is engaged in research at the Faculty of Health must be familiar with and comply with the instructions in these Standards for the responsible conduct of research at the Faculty of Health. The Faculty of Health’s standards lay down fundamental guidelines and requirements designed to assist the individual researcher and research group at the faculty in planning, conducting and concluding a research project in a transparent and credible manner and to safeguard freedom of research.  

The faculty management team is responsible for ensuring that personnel at the Faculty of Health is familiar with these standards, and that they are integrated into the practice of the faculty’s research groups. The faculty management team is also responsible for laying down the necessary guidelines for handling research plans, protocols and data storage as well as the content of collaboration agreements.