Research Code UMCG

To preserve scientific integrity, the Board of Directors of the UMCG has adopted a Research Code which came into effect on November 1, 2023. The UMCG Research Code provides researchers with principles and guidelines for ethical scientific research.


Staff members who perform research at the UMCG, including students, guest staff, support staff and management, and all UMCG employees who conduct research elsewhere in the world, are expected to be familiar with the Research Code and to act accordingly. The Research Code is based on the following principles: 

  1. Honesty 
  2. Scrupulousness 
  3. Transparency 
  4. Independence 
  5. Responsibility 

Additionally, the Research Code addresses relevant legal and other agreements that should be complied with and explains how the UMCG supports researchers and others involved in research to comply with these principles and agreements.

New topics

Compared with the 2018 version of the Research Code, the following new topics have been added:​

  • Recognition and rewards at the UMCG 
  • Work pressure 
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Social safety 
  • Genetically modified organisms (and biological agents) 
  • Gametes and embryos 
  • Genetic material from abroad (Nagoya protocol) 
  • Ionizing radiation (nuclear energy law) 
  • AI technologies
  • Social impact and knowledge utilization 
  • Peer review of manuscripts and research proposals
  • General frameworks for external collaboration, including
    • Knowledge security
    • Rules on additional activities
    • The transparency register
    • Personal and family shares in companies providing services to the UMCG/UG
    • Transparency on additional activities
    • Conflicting interests
    • Gifts/earnings

Review cycle

The Research Code is not a static document. It will be updated at least once a year to comply with changes in national and international legislation, agreements, and insights.

Date (version number) 


November 2023 (version 1.0)


Where contradictions occur between the Dutch and English versions of the UMCG Research Code 2023, the Dutch version prevails.

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A new Code is expected in 2028.

Research Code in English     Research Code in het Nederlands