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In the case of research projects on or with humans, the principal investigators generally weigh up the proportionality of the probable burdens and risks for the study participants with regard to the expected gain in knowledge. They dispense with burdens and risks that are not absolutely necessary for the research project. In most cases, an ethical examination and approval of a research project is necessary. The UZH Ethics Policy provides information on the applicable legal foundations and procedures for the ethical examination of research projects.
The following sections can provide rough guidance on whether ethical examination and approval is necessary.
The HFG applies to research on human diseases as well as on the structure and function of the human body. Studies that are within the scope of the HFG are for example:
UZH researchers can obtain advice on all issues concerning the HFG at the KEKor at the Clinical Trials Center.
You can perform a self-assessment using the Data Protection/Ethics Self-Assessment Tool (DESAT).
A final assessment of whether a research project falls under the HFG and therefore must be approved or not can be requested from the KEK for a fee (clarification of responsibility).
The following faculties offer an ethical examination in these cases:
Faculty of Business, Economics and Informatics
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Researchers can use the Data Protection/Ethics Self-Assessment Tool (DESAT) to query specific requirements and recommendations regarding data protection and ethics.