Research Ethics Committee

Aalto University Research Ethics Committee is responsible for the preliminary ethical evaluation of the university's non-medical research projects in human sciences.

Aalto University's Research Ethics Committee sees to the carrying out of preliminary ethical assessments at the university for non-medical research which relates to the human sciences. Statements on research projects that come under the Medical Research Act (laki lääketieteellisestä tutkimuksesta, 488/1999) are provided by the ethical committees of the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS): HUS, ethical committees (in Finnish)

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A preliminary ethical assessment refers to assessment of a research plan in the light of the ethical practices generally followed in that particular field of research, with special emphasis on preventing any harm that the research or its results might cause to the research subject. A preliminary review applies only to precisely defined research configurations. It can be implemented also if the study’s publication forum, financier or an international cooperation partner requests it.

Aalto University is committed to complying with the instructions drafted by the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (TENK), the instructions on preliminary ethical assessments of research within the human sciences (see below for guidelines pdf)

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Ethical review in human sciences, guidelines updated in December 2020 

Guidelines in English pdf 

How and when should you apply for ethical review of research

Familiarize yourself well in advance on the national guidelines and Aalto University practices

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research ethics pre evaluation process
Key criteria for ethical pre evaluation


Applying for pre evaluation on research ethcics 

Pre evaluation is applied with e -statement request (requires an Aalto id). Remember to read the quidelines prior to applying.


Research Ethics review - statement request form updated

Research ethics statement request has been updated and now available. Statement request forms to work with available in Finnish and Swedish as well.

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Ethics Form version 2 (12/2020)

If you have already opened a research ethcis statement request form in the e-system, you can continue to work with it.


Research ethics pre-evaluation e-form

You find instructions and more information from the following sites

Paperi, jossa tekstiä ja osa tekstistä merkitty korostuskynällä.

How and when should you apply for ethical review of research

Familiarize yourself well in advance on the national guidelines and Aalto University practices

Research & Art
Personal data

How to handle personal data in research?

Recognize whether you are processing personal data and follow these instructions to handle it correctly.


How to make an ethics self-assessment in research projects - Aalto support and guidelines

Here we provide support, links and tips on how to work your way through the EU Grants: How to complete your ethics self-assessment – document

For Aalto community
People talking with each other

Research Data Management (RDM) and Open Science

Properly managed research data creates competitive edge and is an important part of a high-quality research process. Here you will find links to support, services and instructions for research data management.

Templates and instructions, for example privacy notice. Requires Aalto id

Handling of statements

Statement requests for each meeting shall be sent to the Committee secretary at the latest 21 days before the meeting. The Research Ethics Committee meets regularly when convened by the chair. The prepared statements can be discussed and accepted also in e-mail meetings within 21 days of the statement request being submitted. If you are not satisfied with the committee’s decision or requests for modification, you have a right to make a statement request to the Finnish National Board on Research Integrity (TENK).

Meetings and applications Spring 2021 - Autumn 2021: 

Meeting agendas and minutes are available (link), requires Aalto id. Earlier agendas and minutes are available from the committee secretary. 

Statement request submitted (latest) 


Dec 28 2020 Agenda

Jan 18 2021 Minutes

Jan 25 2021 Agenda

Feb 15 2021 Minutes 

Feb 22 2021 Agenda

March 15 2021 Minutes

March 22 2021 Agenda

April 22 2021

April 19 2021 Agenda

May 10 2021 Minutes

May 17 2021 Agenda

June 7 2021 Minutes

July 27th 2021 Agenda August 17th 2021 Minutes
August 31st 2021 Agenda September 21st 2021 Minutes
October 4th 2021 Agenda October 25th 2021 Minutes
November 1st 2021 Agenda November 22nd 2021 Minutes
November 29th 2021 December 20th 2021


The statements are prepared by two Committee members with expertise in the relevant research area. If needed, the preparing Committee members can ask for additional information from the researcher requesting the statement.

Meeting minutes and agendas

Aalto University Research Ethics Committee's meeting agendas and minutes can be asked from the secretary. Statement requests are confidential. 

Contact information

Chair: Vice President Ossi Naukkarinen ([email protected])
Secretary:  Senior Specialist Annukka Jyrämä ([email protected])


Memebers of the research ethics committee in Aalto

Deputy memebers of the research ethics committee in Aalto

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