Center for Research Ethics



What is Research Ethics?

    Research Ethics involves a lot, ranging from observation, participation to experimental subjects of all kinds of studies related to humans. The category of discussion also includes various disputes of public morality and establishment of norms which may be involved.

    The main purpose of research ethics is to protect research participants, for fear that their rights and interests are neglected or damaged, and that they probably take big risks both physically and mentally because of the conflicts of potential benefits between plan executors and participants as well as other complex factors, like the fact that researchers hold more information than participants.


In recent years, academic communities around the world have been paying increasing attention to the issues of research ethics in order to not only pursue academic freedom but also to protect the human rights and benefits of research participants. In view of this, for the purpose of improving academic quality as well as protecting the rights of research participants, NTNU in October 2013 established the Center for Research Ethics (CRE), to construct the governance framework for research ethics and promote the protection of research participants.


The purposes and services of the CRE are listed as follows:

1.Set up NTNU Governance Framework for Research Ethics

2.Assist with the review of research ethics   

3.Coordinate actions on the policy of research ethics

4.Manage and investigate research protocols

5.Provide consulting service for research ethics and participants’ protection

6.Provide consulting service for the basic rights and benefits of research participants

7.Provide education training on research ethics


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