However, it may be that you yourself as a researcher believe that your study should be reviewed in view of, for instance, the participation of human subjects or for the purpose of a publication, grant or otherwise.
The following is a step-by-step plan in order to ascertain if, and by which body, your study should be reviewed.
As of May 25th 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has come into force – posing new demands on any organization that processes personal data. Considering the nature of its scientific focus, many of the research conducted at the faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences is not only subject to the VSNU code for academic practice, but likely also to legislation such as the GDPR.
In order to safeguard compliance with (inter) university codes of conduct and legislation, all FSBS research will be subject to review by the faculty’s ethical review board (FERB). Through FERB review, individual researchers will comply to the GDPR, the UU research data handling framework, in line with the VSNU code of conduct for scientific practice. More importantly, researchers:
- will be able to receive adequate support in drafting (GDPR-proof) communication to (potential) participants (consent and information letters);
- will be able to receive adequate support in drafting formal agreements when exchanging data (data processing agreements, data transfer agreements);
- receive formal ethical approval of their study.
Levels of Review
The FERB considers three levels of review: