Ethical Principles

To flourish, scholarship must be free from external influences, constraints and ideological pressures. The University of Zurich is committed to unrestricted freedom in research and teaching.

Academic freedom calls for a high degree of responsibility, including reflection on the ethical implications of research activities for humans, animals and the environment.

(The University of Zurich Mission Statement)

Research integrity

The UZH and its members are committed to the principles of good scientific practice and pass them on to junior researchers. The UZH ombudsperson and his or her deputies are the first and central point of contact in case of suspected scientific misconduct and accept reports on these matters.

Research involving humans beings

According to good scientific practice, in the case of research projects on or with humans, UZH researchers generally weigh up the the proportionality of the probable burdens and risks for the participants with regard to the expected gain in knowledge. They dispense with burdens and risks that are not absolutely necessary for the research project. In most cases, an ethical examination and approval of a research project is necessary. The UZH Ethics Policy provides information on the applicable legal foundations and procedures for the ethical examination of research projects.

Research involving animals and animal welfare

In biomedicine, research involving animals is indispensable when it comes to understanding holistic relationships in the organism. At the UZH, animal welfare is taken into account through exemplary animal husbandry, proper training of the persons involved, careful experimental planning and the use of all possibilities to reduce animal suffering.

Use of genetic resources: Nagoya Protocol

Research at the UZH is subject to regulated access to genetic resources and the balanced distribution of the benefits resulting from their use. These conditions are defined in the Nagoya Protocol.