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Published: 12 November 2019

Ethical review of theses - HLT

From 1 January 2004, we have a law on ethical review of research concerning people (2003: 460). On July 1, 2008, an amendment to the Act came into force (SFS 2008: 192). Another change in the law has come into force in 2018 (2018: 1999). The law specifies the type of research that is covered by the law and which is to be ethically tested by the ethics review authority.

The law is covered by research aimed at affecting the research person physically or mentally or which may affect the research person physically or mentally. Also research where the research subject cannot be asked about participation or where research subjects are identified in or data retrieved from registers or data / biobanks are covered by the law.

All research at the Department that falls under the law must be reviewed by the Ethics Examination Authority and this also applies to the students' degree projects. The ethics review authority shall review research. In the new formulation of the Act there is a description of what is meant by research and in the normal course, student work should not be counted as research and thus not included in the ethical review prescribed by the Act.

Regarding the examination of the students' thesis at the Department of Health Sciences, we refer to the document below, Ethical review of thesis work at HLT.


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