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Arja Kuula Development Manager Finnish Social Science Data Archive University of Tampere Ethics Review in Finland IASSIST conference 2010 Cornell University Thursday June 3rd 1 Finland normative framework for ethical evaluation Act on Medical Research 488 1999 Research in humanities social and behavioral sciences has been left outside the legislation In November 2007 the National Advisory Board on Research Ethics appointed a working group to look into the need for ethics review in the humanities and social sciences Ethics review system has been enforced from the beginning of 2010 2 The need for an ethics review system in Finland Researchers themselves need the evaluation for the moral basis of their study Research subjects need protection International publications foreign sponsors or foreign research partners require the review Competence and capacity of medical ethics committees are not adequate 3 Proposals The new system for ethical review is not based on legislation but universities and research institutes have joined the organization on a voluntary basis adhering to the principles and arrangements laid down by the Advisory Board The goal is that the committees have a regional mandate so that all researchers can submit their project plans to a committee irrespective of where they work 4 Researchers must submit their research plan to ethical review if a study contains any of the following features 1 The study involves intervening with the subjects physical integrity 2 The study deviates from the principle of informed consent 3 The subjects are children under the age of 15 and the study is not part of the normal activities of a school or an institution of early childhood education and care and the data are collected without parental consent and without providing the parents or guardians the opportunity to prevent the child from taking part in the study 5 Researchers must submit their research plan to ethical review if a study contains any of the following features



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