1. The project’s aim and method
Will the project’s aims and methods come into conflict with commonly recognized values? This may happen if:
- the project contributes to increased control over and manipulation of individuals
- environmental considerations do not receive sufficient attention
- the project has debatable military implications
- the project does not comply with Norwegian (or international) law (e.g. the Act concerning the welfare of animals, or regulations on biological tests).
2. Research involving human subjects
- Is informed consent obtained from the subjects in a reasonable manner?
- Is it evident that no dependency relations influence the subject’s consent?
3. Personal information
Is all personal information sufficiently anonymised in order to ensure adequate privacy protection?
4. Risk and uncertainty
Will carrying out the project involve risk of injury to people, animals, or nature to an extent that should not be neglected? If so, are the persons involved aware of the risk?
If a project employee develops serious doubts regarding research ethical aspects of the project, will he or she be allowed to present his or her worries to an independent consultative body? Is this option made known in advance?
This text is translated from the publication Forskningsetisk veileder [Research ethical Guidant] issued by The National Committee for Research Ethics in Science and Technology (NENT) in 1992.