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Am I obligated to submit my research project to a committee for research ethics?

Medical and health research:

The Regional Committees for Medical and Health Research Ethics (REK) must give prior approval for:

  • Medical and health research projects
  • General research biobanks

REK may grant exemption from the duty of confidentiality for health information used for non-medical research.

You can read more on the REK website: http://helseforskning.etikkom.no

General enquiries must be addressed to the REK in your geographical region. You can find contact information for all the REKs here.

Science and technology:

NENT  is an advisory body for research ethics in its subject areas and provides advice and recommendations for specific projects submitted to the committee. Obtaining advice prior to a research project is not mandatory, but researchers are encouraged to contact the committee if the project is considered to present challenges in terms of research ethics. (See General guidelines for research ethics and Guidelines for research ethics in science and technology) You can also obtain assessments on matters of research ethics that go beyond the framework of a single research project.

The social sciences, law and the humanities:

NESH is an advisory body for research ethics in its subject areas and provides advice and recommendations for specific projects submitted to the committee. Obtaining advice prior to a research project is not mandatory, but researchers are encouraged to contact the committee if the project is considered to present challenges in terms of research ethics (see General guidelines for research ethics and Guidelines for research ethics in the social sciences, humanities, law and theology). You can also obtain assessments on matters of research ethics that go beyond the framework of a single research project.

Human remains:

The National Committee for Research Ethics on Human Remains is an advisory body for research ethics in its subject areas and provides advice and recommendations for specific projects submitted to the committee. Obtaining advice prior to a research project is not mandatory, but researchers are encouraged to contact the committee if the project is considered to present challenges in terms of research ethics (See Ethical guidelines for research on human remains). You can also obtain assessments on matters of research ethics that go beyond the framework of a single research project.

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