Assessing compliance with research ethics – for ensuring of human rights

On the 10th of December, the world commemorates International Human Rights Day, reminding of the importance of human rights in any society. Ensuring human rights in research is a necessity that must be realized through research (including interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral) and publication of its results in a variety of ways and forms. Assessing compliance with research ethics, which is a rare phenomenon in ensuring the quality of science in the Eastern European region, plays a significant role in promoting human rights in research.

It is symbolic that on this very day the Ombudswoman for Academic Ethics and Procedures, Dr Loreta Tauginienė approved the Guidelines for Assessing Compliance with Research Ethics, which aim to help research and higher education institutions assess compliance with research ethics by ensuring compliance with the principles of academic integrity of research, and to protect the interests of research subjects and animals used in research.

The application of the procedure of assessing compliance with research ethics should become an indicator of the quality of research, addressing the problems and challenges of the reliability, integrity, completeness, and management of the data collected.

These guidelines are based on international practice, considered to be one of the most advanced in the field of academic ethics in research not only in a European but also in a global context.