Research Ethics Committee

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

Research Ethics: the Role of the Committee

The Committee is in place to ensure 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 that 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.

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

Idea: Course in Research Ethics

Researcher Integrity

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 Forskaretiska anvisningar för forskare vid Högskolan Dalarna.

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.

You can find information about how to work with sensitive material on SUHF’s website (The Association of Swedish Higher Education Institutions).


Research Ethics

When you are writing an academic paper that involves people, it is important that you 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 Forskningsetiska anvisningar för examens- och uppsatsarbeten vid Högskolan Dalarna.

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.

See the links below for:

Further Links

Appendices – Research Ethics Principles

The research ethics principles and requirements that are relevant for Dalarna University are those that are specified in the document authored by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet) – see in particular pages 6-14 – and the document authored by Medicinska Forskningsrådet – see in particular pages 17-25. These documents are in Swedish.

Lecture on Research Ethics

This recorded lecture (in Swedish) presents the basic principles of research ethics and the aspects that you need to consider before submitting a research ethics application to the Committee. The presenter in the film is a former member of the Committee.

Research-Like Features in Courses

Since 2011, the Committee has an advisory role with respect to research-like features in courses (above and beyond the writing of academic papers) that a teacher or student may feel pose questions related to ethics. Feel free to contact the chairperson in the Committee for more information about this.

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

26 September

17 September

24 October

15 October

21 November

12 November

12 December

3 December


Committee Members

  • Chairperson: Gunilla Carstensen, tel 023-77 80 92, email:
  • Secretary: Kerstin Göras, tel 023-77 83 33, email:
  • Members, Humanties/Social Studies: Gunilla Carstensen and Gull Törnegren (substitute)
  • Members, Ethics: Åsa Bartholdsson and Peter Nilsson (substitute)
  • Members, Health Sciences/Medical Sciences: Anna Cristina Åberg and Janet Leksell (substitute)
  • Members, Sciences/Technology: Mark Dougherty and Pascal Rebreyend (substitute)
  • Student Representatives: Tom Edoff, Student Union and Maria Taxell Stoltz (substitute)
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