Integrity in research

Every researcher should conduct scientific research with integrity, especially those researchers doing experiments with animals. We don’t want to provoke unnecessarily distress, kill laboratory animals because of poorly designed experiments, draw incorrect conclusions, or being influenced by parties who have an interest in the outcome.

The Netherlands uses the 2018 Code of Conduct for Research Integrity. This code incorporates the principles that any scientist or researcher must keep in mind: honesty, scrupulousness, transparency, independence and responsibility.

Good intentions are no guarantee

Don’t assume that just because your intentions are good you’ll always follow these principles. To stay alert to possible mistakes, an understanding of the common pitfalls is essential. Read the code of conduct thoroughly.

Confidential advisor

You can always come to a confidential advisor if you need advice or wish to report any doubts about scientific integrity in your own research or that of someone else. This advisor can be found on your organisation’s intranet.

For more matters involving behaviour within Utrecht University and the UMC Utrecht, there is a separate (also confidential) Professional Behaviour and Animal Welfare help desk.