The assessment of the compliance with research ethics is recognized as an integral part of the researcher’s activities in the world. Such assessment is becoming one of the research planning tools that helps the researcher to think about the ethical aspects of the research and to provide solutions that would assure proper compliance with ethical principles and the quality of research conduct.
When planning research it is necessary to properly evaluate the possible risks caused by the research to persons, communities, and society; the researcher needs to have an ethical approval more and more frequently.
The Research Ethics Commission of Kaunas University of Technology (hereinafter – Commission) assess applications submitted by the University’s employees or doctoral students to conduct an ethical assessment of the planned research, which involves the human participants (except research that falls within the scope of bioethics*), as well as when conducting research that collects and/or processes personal data.
* When planning the biomedical research, i. e. such research, the objects of which may be humans or their groups, embryos, organs, cells and genetic material, corpses, medical documents, it is required to apply to the Lithuanian Bioethics Committee or the regional (Vilnius or Kaunas) biomedical research ethics committee.