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Explanation procedure

Researchers working at UvA Economics and Business are required to seek approval by the ethics committee (EBEC) if their planned research:

  • requires the collection of new data
  • requires access to, or storage of, secondary data that contains private, confidential, or potentially sensitive information about research participants (e.g. income, cognitive performance, health, relationships, ethnic background, biomarkers, genes)
  • concerns research topics that may have legal or ethical implications (e.g. studies on discrimination, minorities, crime, tax evasion). 

Furthermore, if researchers working at UvA Economics and Business need EBEC approval for any purpose, they can file an application to EBEC as well.

The EBEC evaluates proposals following the guidelines of the Professional and Ethical Codes for Socio-Economic Research in the Information Society  and AOM’s Code of Ethics

  • The EBEC will inform researchers who were seeking approval of their research within two weeks. 
  • The committee will base its evaluation on a majority of votes. 
  • The ruling of the full committee is binding. In case researchers disagree with the evaluation of their proposal, they can appeal to the decision by notifying the chair of EBEC within two weeks after receiving the decision of the committee.