Ethical committee for research
Missions of the UBFC Ethical Committee for Research (UBFC ECR)
- Protection of people taking part to research trials
The main mission of the UBFC ECR is to help researchers who need human beings within the framework of their experimental protocols, and to issue ethical recommendations about these protocols on the researchers’ request.
The UBFC ECR addresses these questions whatever the disciplinary field, and directs project holders to ad hoc bodies if necessary.
- Promotion of ethical and deontological thinking in research practices
To that end, the UBFC ECR is planning to organise one colloquium per year open to all UBFC laboratories, member institutions, and partners. The issues to be addressed will be centered around methodological principles for transparency in science, good practices in statistics, and conflicts of interest, among others.
Setting-up of the UBFC Ethical Committee for Research
The UBFC ECR is composed of 40 members distributed in the following way:
- 28 volunteer PhD holder members and 2 volunteer PhD students, all belonging to a UBFC institution or partner
- 8 members with skills in or belonging to one of the ethics-related categories, e.g., ethics, scientific integrity/deontology, data protection, the committee for the protection of UBFC persons, the ethical committee of a UBFC partner institution
- 2 members from the civil society, proposed by both UBFC Academic Council and UBFC ECR members.
The UBFC Academic Council also ensures as much as possible that the UBFC ECR is composed of equal numbers of men and women.
A president, a vice-president and a secretary are elected among ECR members.
How to ask for UBFC Ethical Committee for Research expertise
Researchers who wish to do so can send the committee a question about a research project ahead of its writing to ask for the committee’s recommendations. Thus, the activity of the UBFC ECR is not restricted to giving recommendations about pre-defined protocols: its advice can also be sought by a project holder well ahead of designing a protocol.
What kinds of protocols can the UBFC ECR provide recommendations about?
On the researchers’ request, the UBFC ECR examines all the research projects involving human beings while not falling under the provisions of decree n°2012-300 of 5th March 2012 (called Jardé decree) modified by ruling n° 2016-800 of 16th June 2016, defining the legal provisions relative to research involving human beings (called RIHB research, or “recherches impliquant la personne humaine” (RIPH) research). These provisions must be submitted to a Committee for the Protection of Human Beings (CPHB) (“Comité de Protection des Personnes”, CPP).
Which criteria should be taken into account to deliver an ethical recommendation?
The UBFC ECR examines the following points before delivering recommendations about projects:
- The potential human and environmental impacts of the research project
- The information given to participants, and the potential collection of their oral or written agreement
- The collection and treatment of personal data, i.e., all the data that can lead to the identification of participants, directly by using their names, or indirectly through an ID or any other cross-referencing of data likely to lead to their identification.
The UBC ECR requires that all files be supplemented with documents attesting that these different points are taken into account, but does not have any a posteriori control mission once the research has been implemented.
1/ Get informed about ECR meeting dates to plan the filing of your request at the best possible time. Agenda underway.
2/ Download the submission form
2bis/ Download the declaration of conflict of interest if necessary
3/ Fill in the form where requested (15 pages max.)
4/ Send the form to the address soon provided here (underway)
All the pieces of the submission file must be gathered into one sole document. For confidentiality reasons, this alias redirects messages only to UBFC ECR bureau members (the president, the vice-president, and the secretary)
Published online 16th July 2020