Principles of Ethical and Professional Conduct


The ethical and regulatory challenges in science and research policy have been gaining momentum alongside the quickening pace of discovery and increasing social concerns about the use and abuse of science.  Reflecting these concerns, a proliferation of European and international regulatory and advisory bodies and associated guides and protocols now address ethical issues.  Significant among these is the European Charter for Researchers , which sets out the basic principles of ethical and professional conduct.  These include principles of research freedom, integrity, accountability, social responsibility, public engagement, and the dissemination and exploitation of results, as well as compliance with discipline-specific protocols and principles of intellectual property and joint data ownership.  The University of Crete has endorsed the Charter and associated Code for researchers and is also taking practical steps to ensure that these ethical and professional principles are observed [see the University’s Human Resource Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R)]


Code of Ethics & the University Research Ethics Committee


The University of Crete Senate recently adopted an institution-wide Code of Ethics (Senate 229/22-3-12), available here (in Greek).  The Code specifies principles of conduct and good practice with reference also to general  and specific codes relevant to research in particular disciplines. This complements existing legal provisions and internal regulations governing academic  ethics. The University Senate approved the associated procedural rules (Senate 303/21-06-2012) and the establishment of a university-wide Research Ethics Committee with responsibilities for the review and approval of research protocols (Senate 305/30-08-2012).  The Research Ethics Committee(REC) began working in October 2012.  





Ethical and regulatory challenges can be particularly acute in the bio-medical sciences. The only national ethics body to date in Greece with a statutory mandate is the National Bioethics Commission .  On these issues, to the credit of the faculty members involved, the University of Crete is one of the few HEIs in Europe to have developed an inter-disciplinary Masters program in Bioethics.



Last update 04/08/2016