Research Ethics

Principles of Ethical and Professional Conduct

The ethical and regulatory challenges in science and research policy have been gaining momentum alongside the quickening pace of discovery and increasing social concerns about the use and abuse of science.  Reflecting these concerns, a proliferation of European and international regulatory and advisory bodies and associated guides and protocols now address ethical issues.  Significant among these is the European Charter for Researchers, which sets out the basic principles of ethical and professional conduct.  These include principles of research freedom, integrity, accountability, social responsibility, public engagement, and the dissemination and exploitation of results, as well as compliance with discipline-specific protocols and principles of intellectual property and joint data ownership.  The University of Crete  endorsed the Charter and associated Code for researchers in 2009 and is also taking practical steps to ensure that these ethical and professional principles are observed.

The University Code of Ethics & Research Ethics Committee

In 2012 the University of Crete Senate adopted an institution-wide Code of Ethics and established the University’s Research Ethics Committee (REC). The codification of research ethics principles and procedures together with the establishment of a single university-wide body to replace previous discipline-based committees was a major step forward. Since then, the composition and remits of the University’s REC have undergone a number of changes in accordance with new regulations [Law  4521/2018 articles21-27] designed to  make the establishment of a REC mandatory for all Greek Higher Education Institutions and to standardize existing practices.


Ethical and regulatory challenges can be particularly acute in the bio-medical sciences. The only national ethics body to date in Greece with a statutory mandate is the National Bioethics Commission .  On these issues, to the credit of the faculty members involved, the University of Crete is one of the few HEIs in Europe to have developed an inter-disciplinary Master programme in Bioethics.


Research Ethics Commitee

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