Ethics Commission

Commission on Ethics in Research Involving Humans

The Ethics Commission of the Institute for Research in the Psychological Sciences promotes and enforces ethics in research practices. This Ethics Commission is competent for research problems within the Institute and is therefore not concerned with problems of internships, examinations, courses, etc.
Ethics is the branch of philosophy that seeks to establish the foundations of conduct that should be promoted or discouraged. It is situated on the ill-defined fringes of questions that cannot be answered by law and codes of ethics, and which require reflection weighing the advantages and disadvantages of a particular decision, in a given context.

The Institute for Research in Psychological Sciences sets up an Ethics Commission to promote and enforce ethics in research practices. The PSYI Ethics Commission is competent for research issues within the Institute and is therefore not concerned with issues of internships, examinations, courses, etc.Ethics is the branch of philosophy that seeks to establish the basis for conduct that is to be promoted or discouraged. It lies on the ill-defined fringes of questions that cannot be answered by law and codes of conduct, and which require reflection weighing up the advantages and disadvantages of a particular decision, in a given context.

In this context, the Ethics Commission does not replace the Ethics Commission of the Belgian Federation of Psychologists, which proposes a general reference code for the practice of the profession of psychologist. https://www.bfp-fbp.be
After identification, UCLouvain students can consult the notes of the course, Deontology of psychological practice (Jean-Marc Hausman), available on Moodle: https://moodleucl.uclouvain.be

The Ethics Commission does not replace the Ethics Commission of the Belgian Federation of Psychologists, which proposes a general reference code for the practice of the profession of psychology. https://www.bfp-fbp.be/fr/panorama-ethique-professionnelle-et-juridicisation
After identification, UCLouvain students can consult the course notes, Ethics of Psychological Practice (Jean-Marc Hausman), available on Moodle: https://moodleucl.uclouvain.be/enrol/index.php?id=9358

Missions of the commission

- Elaboration of a list of RECOMMENDATIONS
- Advice on research projects and possible problems encountered

Instructions for use

Requests for research projects and opinions are made electronically through documents under the section "Tools ans references".

Different forms are available depending on the nature of the request.

- If the research involves patients or healthy persons for investigations that require the collaboration of health care personnel (doctor, nurse, specialized technicians, etc.), the request must be sent to the Cliniques Saint-Luc Hospital-Facultaire Ethics Committee. The same applies to projects in the field of clinical psychology. See the "Procedures" section.

- If the research project is in its preliminary phase, not allowing the procedures used to be defined and the free and informed consent of participants to be sought, the application must use the commitment forms for thesis or dissertation projects. This is typically the case for requests addressed to the F.R.S-FNRS for the financing of scholarships, mandates or equipment several months before the possible obtaining of this financing.

- If the project is successful and the research is almost ready to begin with a favourable opinion from the ethics commission, the documents intended for the commission are proposed under the heading "Application for approval of a research programme". This project may involve a series of experiments related to the same theme.

- Other requests for opinions may be sent by ordinary mail (electronic version for confidential distribution within the committee).

How to use it

Requests concerning research projects and opinions are made electronically using documents grouped under the "Forms" tab.

Different forms are available depending on the nature of the request.

- If the research involves patients or healthy people for investigations that require the collaboration of health care personnel (doctor, nurse, specialised technicians, etc.), the opinion must be requested from the Cliniques Saint-Luc Hospital-Faculty Ethics Committee. The same applies to projects in the field of clinical psychology. See the "Procedures" section.

- If the research project is in its preliminary phase, which does not allow the procedures used to be defined and the free and informed consent of the participants to be requested, the application must use the commitment forms for commissioned studies, theses or dissertations. This is typically the case for applications to the F.R.S-FNRS for funding of grants, mandates or equipment several months before the funding is eventually obtained.

- If the project has been completed and the research is almost ready to begin, subject to a favourable opinion from the ethics committee, the documents intended for the committee are proposed under the heading "Application for approval of a research programme". This project may concern a series of experiments related to the same theme.

- Other requests for advice can be sent by ordinary mail (electronic version for confidential distribution within the commission).
 

Consent

Douglas, B. D., McGorray, E. L., & Ewell, P. J. (2020). Some researchers wear yellow trousers, but even fewer participants read consent forms: Exploring and improving consent form reading in human subjects research. Psychological Methods, 2(999). https://doi.org/10.1037/met0000267

Contact

President
Nicolas Vermeulen: demande-ethique-ipsy@uclouvain.be

Manager:
Nadine Fraselle: nadine.fraselle@uclouvain.be