Research Code UMCG Guidelines for conducting medical research in a correct and ethical fashion
To preserve scientific integrity, the Board of Directors of the UMCG has drawn up a Research Code. The UMCG Research Code provides researchers with guidelines for conducting medical research in a correct and ethical fashion.

Everyone who conducts research at the UMCG and all UMCG employees who conduct research elsewhere in the world, are expected to be familiar with the Code and to act in accordance with its rules of conduct. The Research Code is based on the following principles:

  • Honesty & scrupulousness
  • Reliability
  • Verifiability
  • Impartiality
  • Independence
  • Responsibility​

Review cycle

The Research Code is not a static document. It will be periodically amended to comply with changes in national and international legislation, insights and agreements. The current Research Co​​de has been updated in May 2018 and again in May 2019 (few footnotes). As compared with the 2013 version, the following new topics have been added:​

  • ownership of ideas and products
  • safety of employees and the environment
  • implementation of non-WMO regulation
  • data protection and privacy (including GDPR)
  • Research Data Management
  • Open Science, Open Access and FAIR-data
  • use of social media​​

Download​ the latest Research Code

In English: umcg-research-code-2018-en (pdf | 1.7MB)
​In Dutch: umcg-researchcode-2018-nl​ (pdf | 1.6MB)​​​​