Research Ethics Committee (FEN)

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Forskningsetiska nämnden (FEN) in Swedish, the Research Ethics Committee at Dalarna University works with both research ethics and researcher integrity.

The Role of the Committee

The Committee ensures that those working on their academic papers at the first cycle and second cycle levels follow ethically sound practices. As well, the Committee works to ensure there are courses and information on issues of ethics with relevance to research and education. It also makes decisions on independent work at the first cycle and second cycle levels that involve human beings or human organs and that come to the attention of the Committee as a result of research ethics applications.

The Committee also assists with evaluations of research projects that fall outside laws on ethical vetting (Etikprövningslagen), but that require ethical review. Since 2011, the Committee also works with components (other than academic papers) in courses that have research-like features.

Courses at the first cycle and second cycle levels are the Committee’s main focus area. For doctoral students and researchers, the Act concerning the Ethical Review of Research Involving Humans  (Lagen om etikprövning av forskning som avser människor (2003:460)) applies, whereby research ethics applications are made to the regional ethics committees – Etikprövningsmyndigheten

Students and Researchers

When you are writing an academic paper that involves people, it is important that you do so in an ethically sound manner. There are a number of points that you, as a student, need to consider before, during, and after the completion of your paper. Read what these are in the document Ethical Guidelines for Research Theses and Essays at Dalarna University.

Use this form for student projects that are about people: Blankett för etisk egengranskning. It will help you determine if you need to make an ethical application or not.

You may need to ask people if they are willing to participate in your study. It is important that you inform them about your study before asking. Use this document to formulate your information: Mall för informationsbrev.

If you need to have your academic paper reviewed for research ethics, submit an application to the Committee.

Researcher Integrity

The Role of the Committee

The Committee will prevent and discourage research misconduct by way of information and seminars. The Committee also processes reports of academic misconduct.

Falling under the Committee’s area of responsibility in terms of researcher integrity are research projects headed by Dalarna University employees.

CODEX – Rules and Guidelines for Research

Employees at Dalarna University

The document Handläggningsordning för hantering av vetenskaplig oredlighet vid Högskolan Dalarna explains how research misconduct shall be dealt with by the University.

There are a number of considerations that researchers need to be aware of that make for good research practice. Read more about this in God forskningssed (Vetenskapsrådet, pdf) (chapter 8).  

It is essential that research material is documented and archived so that projects can be reviewed and reports of research misconduct can be dealt with. The University has certain guidelines for what type of material needs to be documented and archived: see Regler för dokumentation och arkivering av forskningsmaterial.

See also Vetenskapsrådets rapport 2017 - Vad är god forskningssed? (pdf, in Swedish)

Times for Meetings

Each semester, the Committee meets four times. Research ethics applications need to be submitted at the latest eight days in advance

Meeting Dates    

Deadline for Submission of Application

February 5

January 28

March 5

February 25

April 2

March 25

May 14

May 6


Committee Members

  • Chairperson: Anna Cristina Åberg
  • Vice Chairperson: Janeth Leksell
  • Secretary: Kerstin Göras
  • Members, Humanties/Social Studies: Gull Törnegren and Ingrid Grosse (substitute)
  • Members, Ethics: Fredrik Karlsson and Peter Nilsson (substitute)
  • Members, Health Sciences/Medical Sciences: Anna Cristina Åberg and Janeth Leksell (substitute)
  • Members, Sciences/Technology: Pascal Rebreyend and Xiaoyun Zhao (substitute)
  • Student Representatives: Tom Edoff, Student Union and Maria Taxell Stoltz (substitute)
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