The scope and compliance
Research involving human participants carried out in the University of Lapland falls under the scope of the TENK 2019 guidelines, regardless of the scientific or artistic disciplines. Research that falls out of the scope of the TENK 2019 guidelines are studies regulated separately in the Medical Research Act (488/1999). If the ethics committee states, that a research plan submitted for review falls within the scope of the Medical Research Act, the ethics committee returns the plan to the researcher advising to contact the local medical ethics committee.
If your research includes a research design requiring ethical review, a failure to comply with the guidelines may meet the criteria for a violation of responsible conduct of research. Where necessary, the matter may be resolved through a process for handling allegations of research misconduct.
When your research or part of it is carried outside Finland, you must familiarize yourself with the ethical review practices in your target country and communities.
Please note also that in addition to the TENK 2019 principles, your research area or discipline may have additional or complementary ethical guidelines that direct the implementation of your research.