Research ethics

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The Executive Board approved the "Guidelines for Research Integrity and Good Scientific Practice at ETH Zurich" (RSETHZ 414) on 14 November 2007. The guidelines have been in force since 1 January 2008. They have been sent to all employees working in research in February 2008 in form of a bi-lingual brochure. The guidelines are available in German, too.

Trusted intermediary

Bernhard Plattner
Bernhard Plattner supports researchers at ETH Zurich as trusted intermediary

The trusted intermediary is available to offer researchers at ETH Zurich advice, support and mediation with regard to integrity in their research and good scientific practice.

If there is any suspicion of incorrect behaviour in connection with research then the trusted intermediary is the point of contact. If such a notification is received, the trusted intermediary assesses the situation using the procedure defined in the "Procedure to address allegations of research misconduct at the ETH Zurich" (RSETHZ 415).

Prof. em. Dr. Bernhard Plattner is the trusted intermediary of ETH Zurich.

Research involving humans

All research projects involving human beings need to be approved by the Ethics Commission in charge.

Animal welfare

ETH Zurich has an Animal Welfare Officer who provides advice for the planning and performing of scientific animal experiments as well as for animal care and treatment. The Animal Welfare Office is Dr. Annamari Katariina Alitalo:

More information about animal welfare

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