Ethics Committee of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)
The Ethics Committee of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) was created by Royal Decree 1730/2007 as a permanent and advisory collegiate body tasked with reflecting, issuing reports and making recommendations on ethical principles concerning research. The Committee is not a decision making Body.
The Operating Rules and the initial composition of the CSIC Ethics Committee were approved by CSIC Governing Board Resolution dated July 28, 2008. Since then, the Committee has been renewed once. Currently, the Committee has eleven members.
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Established by Royal Decree
In addition to Investigation, Training and Promoting Research Integrity, the CSIC Ethics Committee is responsible for dealing with ethical conflicts. Furthermore, the Committee works to raise awareness of researchers about the importance of research integrity, as well as to prevent research misconduct and unacceptable research practices. For this purpose, the Committee has drawn up the Code of Good Scientific Practices of CSIC, the CSIC Manual of Conflicts of Interest, and the Spanish National Statement on Research Integrity.
CSIC’s Ethics Committee has agreed a procedure for dealing with ethical conflicts. Any individual or institution can bring a case to the attention of the Committee, whose field of competence is limited to CSIC and its employees.
First of all, the Secretary of the Committee analyzes whether the Committee is the competent body to address the issue, and provides the Chairman of the Committee and the Subcommittee of Conflicts with her/his recommendation. An agreement on acceptance is reached; if the conflict handling is dismissed, the Secretary, within seven days, will notice it to the informant by email or letter post.
If handling of the conflict is accepted, the Subcommittee of Conflicts will get in touch with selected people related to the case, and specifically interview those directly involved, so that they can give their side of the matter. Furthermore, the Subcommittee can hold private interviews with any other people concerned, as those in charge of human, materials or economic resources management, who could provide relevant additional information.
If applicable, experts or specialized commissions will be appointed to analyze the case and provide advice. Once the procedures are completed and an agreement on the case is reached by the Committee, the decision will be forwarded to the parties concerned. In parallel, it will be raised to the CSIC’s President, accompanied of a recommendation for action by the Institution.
Several members of the CSIC Ethics Committee give lectures regarding research integrity and responsible conduct of research. Seven lectures were given last year 2016.
Research Ethics and Research Integrity have been included as topics in the CSIC Management Training Course aimed to CSIC’s Directors and Managers.
Promoting Research Integrity
The CSIC’s Ethics Committee drafted and promoted the National Statement on Research Integrity. The Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities (CRUE) and the Confederation of Spanish Scientific Societies were encouraged to share the Statement, which was jointly subscribed, and publically released by the three parties.