The Ethics Committee of the Faculty of Medicine scrutinizes research projects from an ethical point of view at the request of project leaders and issues opinions on them. The evaluation is only intended for research projects that do not fall within the scope of the Human Research Act and therefore do not have to be submitted to the Cantonal Ethics Committee (CEC) or do not require an animal experiment permit.
The Ethics Committee is a permanent committee of the Faculty of Medicine. It evaluates projects of researchers with primary affiliation in the Medical or Vetsuisse Faculty of the University of Zurich as well as researchers of the University Hospitals and Clinics of the University of Zurich.
In order to assess whether the evaluation of a research project by the committee is recommended, the “Data Protection and Ethics Self-Assessment Tool” (DESAT) of the University of Zurich should be consulted in advance. DESAT is accessible to all UZH researchers via the portal “Contract Management for Third Party Funding” (AVA) as a stand-alone module.
AVA can be accessed by all UZH employees as follows:
If you are an employee of one of the university hospitals and clinics of the University of Zurich and do not have a UZH login, you can alternatively use and submit the ethics questionnaire available as a Word document. DOWNLOAD QUESTIONNAIRE (DOCX, 16 KB)
A submission to the Commission should be made via e-mail to «email@example.com» and should include the following information (as attachment):
If necessary, further documents can be requested in the assessment process. The submission can be made in German or in English.
As a rule, researchers receive an evaluation within 2 weeks, provided that the application can be handled in the simplified procedure. In the case of a detailed procedure, a response will be given within a maximum of two months.
The Ethics Committee of the Faculty of Medicine consists of the following persons; the president and the vice-president form the core team, which is also responsible for the simplified procedure: