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 researchers to think about the ethical aspects of research and to provide solutions that would assure proper compliance with ethical principles and the quality of research conduct.
When planning research, proper evaluation of possible risks caused by the research to persons, communities, and society is necessary; researchers need to have an ethical approval more and more frequently.
The Research Ethics Commission of Kaunas University of Technology (hereinafter – Commission) assesses applications submitted by the University’s employees or doctoral students to conduct an ethical assessment of the planned research which involves human participants (except research that falls within the scope of bioethics*) or includes the collection and/or processing of personal data.
* When planning the biomedical research, which involves humans or their groups, embryos, organs, cells and genetic material, corpses, medical documents as the objects of research, it is required to apply to the Lithuanian Bioethics Committee or the regional (Vilnius or Kaunas) biomedical research ethics committee.