Board for Ethical Issues


Priv.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Robert Rebitsch
T: 0043-512-507-34407


For ethical issues all researchers of the University of Innsbruck are invited to contact the Board for Ethical Issues. A statement concerning ethical issues is often required by funding institutions (FWF, EU, etc.) or editors. The Board for Ethical Issues conducts peer review of studies at the dissertation level and above.

Applications will be reviewed by the relevant review boards. Applications, which are not from the scientific areas of the review boards, will be evaluated by the Board for Ethical Issues. There are four review boards: RB Psychology, RB Sport Science, RB Business and Management, RB Faculty Teacher Education

The board is not an ethics committee according to the UG 2002

The Board for Ethical Issues of the University of Innsbruck is not an Ethics Commission as established at the Medical Universities. Ethics Commissions assess clinical tests of drugs and medical products, the application of new medical methods and applied medical research involving human subjects. All these topics will not be examined by the Board for Ethical Issues. The Board examines studies with healthy people.

The application will be submitted to the relevant review board. The Vice Rector for Research has also the possibility to mandate the Board for Ethical Issues. In case no review board at the faculty of the applicant is established the Vice Rector will submit the application to the Board for Ethical Issues. The Board will discuss the application and will demand respectively recommend a) refusal, b) additional claims for the applicant (changes, further conditions) or c) ethically qualities to the Vice Rector. A written notice for changes or further conditions will be given to the applicant. The application and attachments will be kept on record by the Head Office. All documents will be handled confidentially. Access is possible after the conclusion of the procedure when a considerable legal interest is existing. Access has to be authorized by the Vice Rector for Research.

Chair: ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Monika Niedermayr, Department of Civil Law

Deputy Chair: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Jörg Striessnig, Department of Pharmacy


Application Form

The Board would like to point out that from the 1 January 2016 only ethical applications before the beginning of the project/before the study will be accepted. Running projects will not be reviewed anymore.

Ethics Self Assessment

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