Advice and ethical assessment of projects
If you are a student on a Bachelor’s programme, Master’s (60 credits) programme, or Master’s (120) programme, a clinic with R&D projects, a supervisor for essays or projects, a doctoral student or a researcher, and you have questions about the ethical aspects of your research work, you are welcome to contact the Ethical Advisory Board in South East Sweden. We can assist with an advisory ethical assessment of the project regarding resources, the relationship and information pertaining to research participants, and the collection, processing, publication and archiving of data. We do not provide any ethical approval because we do not conduct an ethical review, instead we provide an advisory opinion as support in designing the project. It is the supervisor/responsible researcher who decides whether the project can be implemented, and this is also the person responsible for ensuring that the ethical rules of research are followed.
In order to process your application, we require information regarding the project title, the name of the applicant/supervisor and the location for the project’s implementation. We also need to know about the project’s background, purpose and any issues, how data is to be collected and managed, how selection is justified and the procedure. It is also important that we receive an account of the ethical problems that you yourself can see in the project, as well as information on your relationship with research participants. It is important that you include attachments as instructed in the application form.
The Ethical Advisory Board does not provide advisory opinions on studies that has already started.
Advisory opinions are given in Swedish.
Mission of the Ethical Advisory Board in South East Sweden
The Act concerning Ethical Review of Research Involving Humans (2003:460) contains provisions on the ethical review of research relating to humans and biological material from humans, with the aim of protecting the individual and the respect for human worth in research. If a research or student project does not fall under this act but relates to humans, or entails work done within the framework of higher education at a first- or second-cycle level, ethical advice can be provided by the Ethical Advisory Board in South East Sweden. For example, advice can be helpful in formulating an information letter for participants in studies, in reviewing surveys so that the questions are not perceived as offensive, and in creating insight into how collected data should be stored.
The mission of the Board is to:
- Conduct an advisory ethical assessment/evaluation of research projects
- Conduct an advisory ethical assessment/evaluation of student projects
- Monitor and represent knowledge resource in matters relating to research ethics
- Maintain contact with the regional ethical review boards
- Contribute to increased awareness and increased collaboration on matters relating to research ethics
Members of the Ethical Advisory Board in South East Sweden
All members have a PhD within various disciplinary research domains and have experience in matters relating to research ethics.
Cecilia Fagerström, Linnaeus University
Ewa Andersson, Blekinge Institute of Technology
Andrzej Zielinski, Region Blekinge
Elzbieta Kaszuba, Region Blekinge
Linda Reneland-Forsman, Linnaeus University
Emme-Li Vingare, Linnaeus University
Hanna Tuvesson, Linnaeus University
Ylva Benderix, Linnaeus University
Ingrid Wåhlin, Region Kalmar county
Lina Hellström, Region Kalmar county
Doctoral student representatives
Johanna Boström, Linnaeus University
Sandra Hedberg, Linnaeus University
Application and forms for the Ethical Advisory Board in South East Sweden
The Ethical Advisory Board in South East Sweden receives applications during the semester periods and suspends its activities during the summer.
Before submitting a complete application to the Ethical Advisory Board in South East Sweden, you must do the following:
- Begin by performing your own ethical assessment of your project. The self-assessment is included in the application form.
- If it is apparent from your self-assessment that your project should be reviewed by the Swedish Ethical Review Authority then you send an application for a ethical review to them.
- When the self-assessment is done, you can obtain an advisory ethical assessment of your project by completing and submitting the application form to the Ethical Advisory Board in South East Sweden.
Submit the ethical self-assessment together with the application form and any attachments so that we can appraise your work.
We look forward to your application!
Applications are sent to:
Applications, feedback provided and the personal information given in the documents (e.g. names, contact details and programme, university/university college and/or workplace) are processed within the Board and archived in the Board’s records (as per GDPR).
Meeting times of the Ethical Advisory Board in South East Sweden
The Ethical Advisory Board in South East Sweden continuously reviews incoming applications and aims to provide feedback within 7 working days of the application being received.
You therefore do not need to submit your application a specific number of days before a meeting, but rather responses are continually forthcoming.