Ethical Committee for Research

The Ethical Committee for Research provides advice, both on request and on its own initiative, on ethical, legal, and procedural aspects of research. Researchers as well as other parties involved in the research may contact the Committee for advice at any time. In addition, the Committee sees it as its task to stimulate a special focus on scientific integrity and ethical awareness. Where necessary, the Committee will consult other experts.

Examples of advice include questions concerning permission to be involved in research, matters of privacy, as well as questions concerning the promotion of ethical awareness at the various schools and research centres at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences. It may also be advisable to consult the Committee for advice if the research concerns sensitive or controversial subjects.

The Ethical Committee for Research is guided by the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Research Integrity (2018) and the Regulations governing the Ethical Committee for Research (2021) (in Dutch).

Members of the Committee

  • Dr Sabrina Keinemans (Professor of Social Integration)

  • Dr Ties van de Werff (secretary, lecturing researcher at the Research Centre for Autonomy and the Public Sphere in the Arts)

  • AndrĂ© Defauwes (member, Legal Affairs Services)

  • Dr. Renee Verwey (lecturing researcher at the Research Centre Wijkgerichte Zorg)

  • Omar Habets MSc. (lecturing researcher at the Research Centre Employability)

The official secretary of the Committee is Ann Spaas, MSc (Research policy advisor, Education and Research Services); telephone +31 (0)6 1846 2706 / e-mail

How do you ask for ethical advice or for a letter of approval?

You can ask for ethical advice or for a letter of approval (when requested by your publisher) by sending the filled-in form Request for ethical advice (Dutch) or the form Request for a letter of approval (Dutch) to the Ethical Committee for Research: The committee meets monthly and aims at handling requests within four weeks. If necessary, the committee may consult other specialists.

Dates of Committee meetings in the 2021/2022 academic year

  • 15 September 2021
  • 6 October 2021
  • 3 November 2021
  • 1 December 2021
  • 12 January 2022
  • 9 February 2022
  • 9 March 2022
  • 6 April 2022
  • 11 May 2022
  • 8 June 2022
  • 6 July 2022