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Scientific integrity at Erasmus MC

Regarding scientific integrity 

All persons associated with the Erasmus MC, and working in science, have a strict responsibility regarding scientific integrity. Erasmus MC endorses the Code of Conduct for research of the Association of universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) and the revised European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity.

Ancillary activities (in Dutch: 'Nevenwerkzaamheden')

The independence and integrity of our scientific staff are always paramount in Erasmus MC's scientific practice and research. We therefore consider it important to be open, complete and transparent about the ancillary activities of Heads of Departments and (associate) professors at Erasmus MC.

With regard to the concept of ancillary positions, the annual request is in line with Article 9.3 of the CAO-UMC and the "Sectorale Regeling Nevenwerkzaamheden" (CAO-NU). Erasmus MC defines ancillary activities as those activities performed by an Erasmus MC employee that are not directly part of the applicable job description. Activities that are an extension of the assigned tasks (within Erasmus MC) or activities that (may) affect the performance of the employee's tasks or the interests of Erasmus MC are also ancillary activities. This is irrespective of (i) the extent of the employment at Erasmus MC, (ii) the scope of the ancillary activities, (iii) whether the person involved receives a remuneration for the ancillary activities, and (iv) whether the activities are performed outside or during working hours (v) incidental or structural. Sources:

Our Research Codes

Erasmus MC policies on academic/scientific integrity are outlined in the Erasmus MC Research Codes, available in Dutch and English.

The following aspects are covered:

  • Guidelines for publishing and authorships -> Effective March 1, 2018, the 'Notification System for Academic Integrity Erasmus MC' will replace chapter 2 of the Erasmus MC Research Codes;
  • Erasmus MC guidelines in case of scientific misconduct;
  • Guidelines inducements by companies;
  • Intellectual property;
  • Research with patient data and biomaterial.

Mandatory course

The Erasmus MC determines its integrity policy within the integrity code of the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR).
A mandatory one-day course academic integrity for all PhD students  is part of the policy.

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Financial Conflict of Interest Policy related to PHS funded projects

For Erasmus MC researchers participating in projects funded by the US Public Health Service (PHS), e.g. the National Institutes of Health (NIH), additional requirements regarding awareness and reporting of conflicts of interest apply, as described in the Financial Conflict of Interest policy related to PHS-funded projects.