ETHICS IN RESEARCH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LJUBLJANA

The Senate of the University of Ljubljana, at its 12th session on 25 November 2014, adopted CODE OF ETHICS FOR RESEARCHERS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LJUBLJANA: (link na besedilo Etičnega kodeksa za raziskovalce UL)

The University of Ljubljana adopted the Code of Ethics in order to provide ethical behavior standards to guide teachers, researchers and doctoral students when ethical issues arise. All decisions in regard to their academic research work (irrespective of the source of funding) require compliance with the ethical principles of  the UL as adopted in the Code of Ethics of the UL, the Code of Ethics for researchers at the UL and the Code of Ethics for researchers in the EU.

Each individual shall act responsibly, identify possible ethical issues and gain instructions from his superiors (a mentor, a research project supervisor, the chair or vice dean for research work) or acceptance from the ethics committee of their faculty (regularly appointed body or ad hoc). The Code of Ethics for researchers at the UL discusses general ethical issues, which arise in all research activities. Each researcher shall abide by the ethical standards compliant with his specific field of research (e.g. medicine, social work, sociological studies, animal testing work, …).

Code of ethics for researchers

Statement of commitment to respect UL codes of ethics

Besides ethics committees at some UL faculties there exist some ethics committees on the national level (e.g. the National Medical Ethics Committee of the RS, Administration of the RS for Food Safety, Veterinary Sector and Plant Protection) that discusses the ethical issues of the relevant field of research, and if needed the researcher shall obtain the opinion from the relevant body or organization.

 

At national level:

Medicine:

RS National Medical Ethics Committee NMEC

http://www.kme-nmec.si/

is responsible for ethical assessment of biomedical research on humans, that are funded by public sources and for approvement of  all multicentric and multinational research of this kind.
 

Veterinary medicine:

Ministry of agriculture, forestry and food. Administration of the Republic of Slovenia for Food Safety, Veterinary Sector and Plant Protection – Ethical committee for the experiments on animals

 http://www.uvhvvr.gov.si/si/delovna_podrocja/dobrobit_zivali/zascita_zivali_v_poskusih/

If the research activities are conducted on live animals in scientific experiments or on tissues of animals sacrified for the sake of research work, the permission of the Administration of the Republic of Slovenia for Food Safety, Veterinary Sector and Plant Protection (UVHVVR) is necessary. The application for the permission of the experiment is processed by the UVHVVR according to the  assessment of the Ethical Committee.

 

At  UL member faculties:

Faculty of Sport – Ethical committee on the field of sport http://www.fakultetazasport.si/o_fakulteti/organizacijske_enote/2009041609282305/2009041611345282/

  • provides opinion regarding the research activities or projects, that prejudice the integrity of human beings in the filed of sport and physical culture;
  • deals with the issues of data collection,  storage and transmission;
  • considers and provides decisions on ethical questions from the point of view of teaching methods and training.

Faculty of Arts – Ethical Committee

http://etika.ff.uni-lj.si/

deals with ethical assessments of research activities and projects that involve working with people using the methods of humanistic and social sciences as well as noninvasive phsyhofiziological and nevrofiziological instruments and methods.
 

Ethical committe of the Faculty of Education:

http://www.pef.uni-lj.si/fileadmin/Datoteke/Referat/Komisija_za_etiko/Pravilnik_etika_PeF_03_07_2014_final.pdf

deals with ethical assessments of research activities and projects that involve working with people using the methods of humanistic and social sciences in the following scientific fileds: educational sciences, teachers education, social pedagogy, special and rehabilitation pedagogy, speach and language therapy, education for visually impaired, pedagogy of specific learning difficulties, supervision and personal organisation consulting, cognitive sciences and other related scientific domaines.