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Public consultation on Dutch code of conduct for scientific integrity

07 Feb 2018

TNO believes it is important that research is conducted in accordance with the principles and norms of good and honest scientific practice. TNO also attaches great importance to these principles. A Dutch Code of Conduct for Scientific Practice has been in place since 2004 and TNO has a code that is inspired by and largely in accordance with it.

The Committee for the Review of the Code of Conduct for Scientific Practice has been instructed to explore the extent to which the current Dutch Code of Conduct for scientific integrity meets the changing requirements that can be imposed on such a code. On behalf of TO2, Peter Werkhoven is a member of the Committee for the Review of Scientific Practice. TNO is considering accepting this new code and adapting its own TNO Code accordingly.

Public consultation until 1 March 2018

The draft version of the code of conduct (conceptversie van de gedragscode) will be open for public consultation until 1 March. Researchers and other interested parties can respond via the consultation form (consultatieformulier). The committee will weigh up the responses and process them where necessary in the text of the code. The committee will then present the new code of conduct to the institutions concerned: the boards of KNAW, NFU, NWO, TO2-federation, Association of Universities of Applied Sciences and VSNU. They will eventually decide whether to accept the new Dutch code of conduct on scientific integrity.

Why a code of conduct for scientific integrity?

In the consultation version of the code, the principles of good and honest scientific practice are elaborated: honesty, care, transparency, impartiality, responsibility. The resulting standards for responsible research practices are clearly formulated in the code. The principles and standards from the code will be widely taught and applied. This clarity is important for the quality and reliability of science.

English translation

A provisional English translation of the consultation version of the Dutch code of conduct for scientific integrity is available online. This translation is not authorised by the Committee for the review of the code of conduct for scientific practice. Where differences exist in the interpretation of the text, the Dutch text will prevail. The English language web page of VSNU about the public consultation and the English consultation form are now online.

You can respond until 1 March 2018.

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