If you are a researcher affiliated with the University of Lapland and your research topic or setting requires ethical review, you can ask for a statement from our ethics committee. Ethical review may be required for example when your research plan involves minors. A review statement may be also demanded by your funding body, collaborator or a planned publisher. You are advised to familiarize yourself with the national principles and guidelines behind the link below.
University of Lapland is committed to "The ethical principles of research with human participants and ethical review in the human sciences in Finland" guidelines by Finnish National Board on Research Integrity (TENK 2019). The first part of the guideline describes the ethical principles for all scientific research that involves human participants. The second part describes the process and principles of ethical review for research involving human participants, in Finland.
Read the TENK 2019 guidelines >
The research ethics committee gives statements regarding the research plans that are submitted to an ethical review by researchers prior to the beginning of the research. The review on the research plan and methods is carried out following TENK guidelines. The ethical review examines the planned research approach from the perspective of avoiding risk and harm to the research participants, the researcher and their families. The researcher is always responsible for the ethical and moral solutions in the research and the ethical review never transfers this responsibility the ethics committee.
Ethical review is carried out before data is collected. An ethical review statement cannot be issued afterwards.
Ethical reviews are intended to cover research in and after the postgraduate phase. The supervisors of basic degree students are responsible for making sure that the students' theses comply with ethical principles. If an ethical review is necessary, the student requests a statement with his or her supervisor.
Required information and appendices
The research ethics committee has prepared a template for requests for statement. Please fill in all required information and enclose the necessary appendices to the request. If you have any questions about drafting the request, processing times or the process in general, please contact the secretary of the research ethics committee (see section ‘Contact us’ below).
Download the template for request >
Submitting the request
Please deliver your request for statement to the University of Lapland registry, where it will be forwarded to the secretary of the committee.
Visiting address: University Main Building, E-wing, 3rd floor, Yliopistonkatu 8, Rovaniemi
Office hours: Mon–Fri 9–11am and 12–3pm
Tel. +358 40 484 4484
kirjaamo (at) ulapland.fi
Postal address: P.O. Box 122, FI-96101 Rovaniemi, Finland
Research settings requiring review
TENK guidelines state that a research plan must be submitted to ethical review if any of the following apply:
- Participation in the research deviates from the principle of informed consent
- Research involves intervening in the physical integrity of research participants
- Focus of research is on minors under the age of 15, without separate parental/carer consent or without informing a parent/carer in a way that would enable them to prevent the child's participation
- Research exposes participants to exceptionally strong stimuli
- Research that involves a risk of causing mental harm exceeding the limits of normal daily life, to research participants or their families or others close to them
- Research could involve a threat to the safety of participants or researchers or their family members or others close to them
You may also request a review from the ethics committee if it is required by your research participant, funding body, collaborator or the scientific journal where your results are to be published. For projects, the ethical review is typically carried out immediately after the positive funding decision.
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.
- Chair, Professor Anu Valtonen, Faculty of Social Sciences (deputy member: Associate Professor Minna Zechner)
- Vicechair, Professor Kirsti Lempiäinen, Faculty of Education (deputy member: Associate Professor Päivi Rasi)
- Researcher Tanja Joona, Arctic Centre (deputy member: Senior Scientist Minna Turunen)
- University Lecturer Anniina Koivurova, Faculty of Art and Design (deputy member: University Lecturer Mari Mäkiranta)
- Associate Professor Mirva Lohiniva-Kerkelä, Faculty of Law (deputy member: University Lecturer Ilari Hovila)
- Principal Lecturer Leena Viinamäki, Lapland University of Applied Sciences (deputy member: Principal Lecturer Satu Elo)
- Hannu Mikkola, lawyer, Data Protection Officer
The research ethics committee meets on an as-needed basis. Only requests that have been delivered to the University of Lapland registry will be reviewed by the committee. Please note, that it will take several weeks to process your request. It is advisable to contact the secretary of the committee before submitting your material for review. For more information about the schedules or the review processes, please contact the secretary of the committee.
Secretary to the research ethics committee
Research integrity advisor
firstname.lastname (at) ulapland.fi
Tel. +358 40 484 4364