Tilburg University believes it is important that all research carried out within the university complies with the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity. This means, among other things, that research involving human participants is reviewed by an ethics committee (when necessary), that researchers carefully manage their data, and that privacy legislation (GDPR) is complied with.
Tilburg University has opted for an integrated approach to Ethics, Data Management and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The committees within Tilburg University are organized per School and use virtually the same application form to assess these aspects.
The TiSEM Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a permanent and independent committee, established by TiSEM’s management team. The IRB evaluates research proposals to be conducted by TiSEM faculty, PhD candidates, and Research Master students (from now on called researchers). Research proposals are evaluated on ethics of data collection and data management, including participant privacy protection, and the quality of data management, including data accessibility. The IRB does not do post hoc evaluation of research that has been conducted.
The TiSEM IRB aims to sustain and improve the quality of research at TiSEM; for
Research proposals are evaluated on:
All research with data relating to living human subjects or groups of human living subjects conducted by TiSEM researchers need IRB approval except 1) research using anonymized existing data or 2) research using pseudonymized, existing data for which the key to link the data to living human subjects or groups is not available in the research team. This also holds when research is carried out in collaboration with organizations other than Tilburg University.
More information on the composition of the IRB, the application form and procedure, the point of contact can be found at the TiSEM IRB website.
The TLS Ethics Review Board (ERB) is a committee established by the TLS board, and it assesses the ethical, data management and privacy aspects of research proposals.
Why Ethics review
The ERB has been established in order to prevent harm to research subjects and to increase ethical awareness amongst TLS researchers. The existence of an ethics board also ensures compliance with the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Scientific Practice. Furthermore high ranked journals increasingly require ethical clearance before publication.
When to apply for ethical clearance
If you want to know if you should apply for ethical clearance and submit your application to the ERB, visit the website. In short you need to apply if your research can cause harm.
At least there is a risk of harm when:
Data management and the GDPR
Next to the ethical aspects of research proposals, the TLS ERB also looks at data management and GDPR/privacy aspects of a proposal.
More information on the composition of the ERB, the application form and procedure, the point of contact can be found at the TLS ERB website.
The Ethics Review Board (ERB) of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences of Tilburg University is a permanent and independent committee, established by the School’s management team to test scientific and ethical aspects of proposals for research projects, not subjected to the Dutch Medical Research in Human Subjects Act (WMO).
To this end the ERB refers to the Dutch Ethics Code for research in the Social and Behavioral Sciences involving human subjects.
Submitting your research project works as follows:
More information on the composition of the ERB, the application form and procedure, the point of contact can be found at the TSB ERB website.
The Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences (TSHD) Research Ethics and Data Management Committee (REDC) assesses research proposals for research that deals with subjects. If you are not sure whether your proposal meets the criteria for assessment you can consult the REDC by email before submitting a request for assessment. Please note that it is the responsibility of the researcher to check whether assessment by the REDC is necessary and to submit an application.
More information on the composition of the REDC, the application form and procedure, the point of contact can be found at the TSHD REDC website.
The Ethics Review Board of the Tilburg School of Catholic Theology (ERB-TST) assesses empirical research involving subjects. The review addresses three topics: ethical review (including information to and consent of participants/respondents), data management during and after the research, and review in accordance with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, in Dutch AVG).
It is and remains the responsibility of the investigator to decide whether the assessment is necessary and to submit the application in a timely manner.