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Review procedures

Starting-point

Review by the ECP is required for all human subject research conducted by members of the Heymans Institute, including research executed by Psychology students in Bachelor or Master (thesis) projects.

ECP or METC?

Some research protocols are to be evaluated by the local Medical-Ethical Evaluation Committee (METC, see Links page).

This is the case if both of the following criteria apply:

  1. It is medical/scientific research; and
  2. People are subjected to procedures or are required to follow rules of behaviour

The CCMO website (see Links page) will help you answer the question of whether your research has to undergo review by the METC.

If you have consulted the CCMO website and are still unsure whether the previously-mentioned criteria apply, please contact the ECP.

Submission of research protocols

*As of 4 February 2019, all research plans by Heymans staff members need to be registered in the Faculty Research Portal (research.gmw.rug.nl) . Once a study has been registered, you can complete your request for ethics review in EC Request, the Faculty's online module for ethics review. This application can be accessed on the intranet.

The ECP intends to respond to requests within 10 working days (two weeks). Researchers may be asked to change their protocol, clarify procedures, or provide additional documents. When no issues remain, the ECP will ask the Research Administration of Psychology (RAP, rapsy@rug.nl) to send the researchers a statement of no objection.

RAP may also be contacted for questions pertaining to the use of SONA Systems or the Psychology Participants Pool (PPP). See intranet for more information.

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