The Research Ethics Committee at the Institute for Psychology
The Research Ethics Committee at the Institute for Psychology (IPS-REC) is an internal committee that accepts applications for ethical approval from faculty and students at the institute for psychology at UiT – The Arctic University of Norway.
The committee offers
Advice on research ethics and handling of research data at IPS
Advice on the various entities that may be relevant for your research project and whether it is necessary to get approval (e.g., NSD, REK)
Ethical approval for research projects that fulfil the guidelines for ethical research
The research ethics committee follows Norwegian and international laws, rules and guidelines for health-related research and research in the social sciences, data protection, research data and research ethics (see links below). It is the responsibility of the leader of each individual research project to know and follow these rules.
In addition to approval from the internal committee, it can be necessary to get approval from the regional committee for medical and health-related research ethics (REK) and/or the Norwegian centre for research data (NSD).
Yes, I need REK approval: Please submit to REK, and not to IPS-REC
No, I don’t need REK: Please submit to IPS-REC; we will determine whether IPS-REC is eligible and either approve, reject or invite a resubmission; In case we are not eligible, please submit to REK anyway
I don’t know: Please either submit your proposal to REK as a “Fremleggingsvurdering”; REK will give you feedback on whether REK is eligible or not; at the same time, we invite you to also submit your application to IPS-REC (informing us that you also submitted to REK); we will process the application independently from REK; please inform us about REK’s decision - in case REK approval is required, submit a full application to REK. Otherwise, IPS-REC's approval will be valid
Yes, I need NSD approval: submit application to NSD and also proceed with a REK or IPS-REC application; please provide detailed description about issues relating to data confidentiality/data protection and indicate that you will obtain approval from NSD
No, I don’t need NSD: proceed with REK or IPS-REC application; provide a detailed description about issues relating to data confidentiality/data protection; indicate that you verified with NSD that NSD’s approval is not necessary