The ethical issues are becoming increasingly important in the management of research projects both internationally and nationally, and this holds true for all scientific disciplines (both in natural sciences and in social sciences and humanities).
At the University of Geneva, any ethical approach described below is carried out in accordance with the Charter of Ethics and Deontology, established by the Comitee of Ethics and Deontology which, within the University, is the reference body in this field.
Research with human subjects
Research with human subjects is essential for science to progress especially in the field of medicine. To do this, ethical and legal framework conditions are necessary. In Switzerland, it is the Federal Act on Research involving Human Beings (HRA) which applies in the cases specified in its Art. 2 al. 1.
Any research project involving human participants normally requires the approval of a Research Ethics Board.
At the University of Geneva, the University Research Ethics Commission (CUREG) evaluates research projects with human participants at the University not falling within the scope of application of the art. 2 al. 1 HRA.
On the other hand, researchers whose projects fall within the scope of this article must contact the Cantonal Commission for Research Ethics (CCER) directly.
Research with animals
In Switzerland, any research using animals must be done within the legal framework imposed by the Federal Law on Animal Protection and under the control of the cantonal and federal authorities.
For research projects with animals conducted at the University, it is necessary to refer to the Internal Procedure. Applications for authorization are submitted by e-mail to the Director of Animal Experimentation at the e-mail address
Processing of personal data
For projects involving the collection and processing of personal data at / by the University, it is the Cantonal Data Protection Law and its application to the UNIGE that applies.
The process of appointing and setting up a DPO as well as a committee on the application of LIPAD at the university is currently under way - for more information, contact the Vice-Rector in charge of the research and .
For any other questions relating to ethics, contact University Research Ethics Commission (CUREG) and / or the Faculty Ethics Commission if there is one.
Specific information for "Horizon 2020"
For European Framework Program projects (Horizon 2020, IMI, etc.), please refer to the Research Services’ Feuille d’information du Service Recherche and its annexes.