Codes of conduct and ethics

Ethics Commission

Cantonal Commission on Ethics in Human Research

This commission evaluates research projects involving human beings within the framework of the HRA /LRH (Federal Act on Research involving Human Beings).

Please contact the  Cantonal Ethics Committee Vaud (CER-VD) via the portal

Research Ethics Commissions at the University of Lausanne

By fall 2019, Research Ethics Commissions will be established to assess the ethical aspects of the research projects submitted to them and will issue certificates of ethical compliance. These commissions will only consider projects that do not fall within the HRA. UNIL researchers may decide to submit their project to a Research Ethics Commission (CER) via the electronic platform. The future CER-UNIL will deal with projects requiring institutional validation. It will delegate to the Interdisciplinary Ethics Commissions set up within the faculties the competence to evaluate various other research projects.

For additional information please contact Pablo Diaz

Pactice code for the UNIL doctorate

The " Commission for Academic Careers" has elaborated a code of practice for the doctorate that includes ethical aspects.

European Charter for Researchers

The European Charter for Researchers is a set of general principles and requirements which specifies the roles, responsibilities and entitlements of researchers as well as of employers and/or funders of researchers6. The aim of the Charter is to ensure that the nature of the relationship between researchers and employers or funders is conducive to successful performance in generating, transferring, sharing and disseminating knowledge and technological development, and to the career development of researchers. The Charter also recognizes the value of all forms of mobility as a means for enhancing the professional development of researchers.

In this sense, the Charter constitutes a framework for researchers, employers and funders which invites them to act responsibly and as professionals within their working environment, and to recognise each other as such.
For further information and update, see:

Code of Conduct for the recruitment of researchers

The Code of Conduct for the recruitment of researchers consists of a set of general principles and requirements that should be followed by employers and/or funders when appointing or recruiting researchers.

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