The Research Ethics Committee (Forskningsetiska nämnden, FEN)

FEN works with both research ethics and researcher integrity, for both students and researchers.

The Role of FEN

FEN ensures that those working on their academic papers at the first cycle and second cycle levels follow ethically sound practices. As well, FEN 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 FEN as a result of research ethics applications.

FEN also assists with evaluations of research projects that fall outside laws on ethical vetting (Etikprövningslagen), but that require ethical review.

Courses at the first cycle and second cycle levels are FEN’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 (pdf).

Use this form for student projects that are about people: Blankett för etisk egengranskning (pdf, in Swedish). 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 (pdf, in Swedish).

If you need to have your project reviewed for research ethics, submit an application to FEN.

For Students

For Researchers and Doctoral Students

Also see Etikprövningsmyndigheten

Researcher Integrity

The Role of FEN

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

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

See CODEX - Rules and Guidelines for Research

Employees at Dalarna University

The document Administrative Procedures in the Event of Research Misconduct and Deviations from Good Research Practice (in English from page 8) (pdf) 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. These are specified in, for example, the publication Good Research Practice by the Swedish Research Council. Chapter 8 is specifically about research misconduct.

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 (pdf, in Swedish).

See also:

The Work of the Committee

Times for Meetings 2019

Each semester, FEN meets four times. Research ethics applications need to be submitted at the latest eight days ahead of a given meeting

Meeting Dates    

Deadline for Submission of Application



December 9

December 1
February 10 February 2

March 10

March 2

April 14

April 6

May 12

May 4

June 9

June 6

FEN Members

  • Chairperson: Vacant
  • Acting Chairperson: Janeth Leksell
  • Secretary: Kerstin Göras
  • Members, Humanties/Social Studies: David Gray (ordinarie) och Ingrid Grosse (suppleant)
  • 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 Jerker Westin (substitute)
  • Student Representatives: Tom Edoff, Student Union and Maria Taxell Stoltz (substitute)

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