Ethics and Research

Do you have questions about an application you want to submit? Is there something unclear for you in the General Ethics Protocol? Questions about the procedure? Come to the Ethics Clinic on January 19th and talk to the core team of the Ethics Committee (14h00, Faculty Library 1st floor)

Researchers at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences (FPPW) should adhere to general ethical research principles:

The Ethics Committee

The task of the FPPW Ethics Committee is to advise researchers on ethical issues and review research applications. The mission statement of the Ethics Committee is described in the AEP.

To do justice to various traditions of research, the FPPW Ethics Committee is composed of members from all departments. The chair is Prof. Thierry Marchant and the secretary is Prof. Melissa Tuytens.

Applying for ethical approval

Before you start

  • Read the General Ethical Protocol thoroughly.
  • Consider whether ethical approval is necessary. A list of situations in which it is necessary to obtain approval from the FPPW Ethics Committee can be found in the General Ethical Protocol.
  • In some cases it is necessary to apply to another commission (e.g. the Medical Ethics Committee). More information on this can be found in the introduction of the General Ethical Protocol.
  • Please note that only applications of approved projects will be assessed. Applications related to projects that have not yet been submitted or are still waiting for approval (e.g. by the FWO) will not be assessed by the ethics committee.
  • Preferably submit a fully English dossier (i.e. those documents that are not used for communication with participants, such as the SEP, DMP and GDPR record), but submitting a Dutch dossier is of course also possible.
  • Applications concerning master's theses are to be submitted by the supervisor.

Submitting an application

  • Fill out the Specific Ethical Protocol (SEP).
  • Complete the file with all necessary documents (see checklist in SEP).
  • Forward the full file to
  • To get an idea of what a typical application file looks like, some examples are provided inspired by real applications .

What is the procedure for applications?

    Three types of applications are possible. Each type of application follows a specific procedure. Details can be found on the following pages:

    Rules, protocols & templates