Ethics & deontology

At UNIL, the Rectorate's guidelines relating in particular to integrity in research (directive 4.2) apply to all research activities carried out within the framework of the University and to all researchers working there who are administratively dependent on the University's Human Resources.

They have five objectives :

  • Ensure integrity in scientific research. This willingness is one of the prerequisites for the credibility of science and a justification for the need for researchers' freedom.
  • Promote quality research: the quality of research must take precedence over quantitative aspects. In principle, more weight should be given to the originality of the problem, the scope of the conclusions, the reliability of the basic data and the certainty of the results than to the speed of dissemination of the result and the number of publications.
  • Ensure uniform framework conditions for scientific research at the University.
  • Make researchers aware of the risks of conflicts of interest.
  • Provide information on the procedure for reporting suspected breaches of scientific integrity.

Ethics' commissions at UNIL

By the fall of 2019, Faculty Research Ethics Boards will be established to assess the ethical aspects of the research projects submitted to them and issue certificates of ethical compliance. These commissions will only deal with projects that do not fall under the LRH. UNIL researchers may, if they so wish or if the funding or publication authorities so require, submit their project to research ethics committees via an electronic platform. The future CER-UNIL will deal with projects requiring institutional validation. It will delegate to the interdisciplinary commissions set up within the Faculties the competence to evaluate certain works.

This commission will provide training and support for researchers and students and will work in collaboration with the new Interdisciplinary Centre for Research on Ethics (Ethos).

Download the CER-UNIL regulations

For more information, please contact Pablo Diaz.

Ethics in the Faculties


The SSP Scientific Integrity Officer, Prof. Fabrizio Butera, is available to any person seeking his or her advice on issues of scientific integrity violations.

Ms. Nathanaëlle Minard, research project manager at the SSP deanery, is also at your disposal for any question relating to research ethics, and more specifically to the preparation and submission of research protocols.

More information on the dedicated pages.


For all HEC researchers conducting research involving human participation, the Dean's Office Directive N°3 presents the rules in force.

More information on the LABEX pages.


The Chief Scientific Integrity Officer GSE is Prof. Hon. François Marillier.

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The UNIL Research Ethics Commission (CER-UNIL) acts as a complement to the Cantonal Research Ethics Commission (CER-VD) in the evaluation of research projects involving human participants outside the CER-VD's fields of competence.

More information on the Research website.


The Cantonal Commission on Ethics in Human Research (CER-VD) is a cantonal administrative authority established by the Human Research Act (LHR). It ensures the protection of research subjects and assesses the compliance of human research projects with ethical, legal and scientific requirements, as well as good research practices.

More information on the CER-VD website.


Swissethics is a working community of the Swiss ethics commissions for human research, which have been brought together in an association of public utility.

More information on the Swissethics website.

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