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QUALITY CONTROL

A full list of discussed protocols in 2015 is presented in appendix 4. In total, 93 research protocols were reviewed of which 84 were approved at the end of 2015.

Quality Committee The Quality Committee is responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining a system for quality improvement and control for the institute. The system is aimed at supporting and improving the research process. Moreover, the Quality Committee advises the Executive Board on quality issues. To fulfill its tasks the Quality Committee audits research projects, maintains and expands a web-based quality manual and provides personal introductions to newly appointed researchers within the institute. In 2015 the Quality Committee has audited 15 research projects. The quality officer has given 41 personal introductions in proper scientific conduct for newly appointed investigators with a focus on privacy, medical ethical committee, experimental log books, data organization and back-up, and the guidelines in the quality manual guidelines most directly relevant to the individual researcher. To stimulate the use of the quality handbook, it was completely restyled and transferred to a modern content management system. Special attention was given to make relevant guidelines easier to find for a researcher. The structure of the guidelines was also changed, to explicit the requirements, responsibilities and documentation. To create more awareness in the EMGO+ departments on the topic of privacy, a set of privacy indicators piloted. After minor adaptations 12 departments were asked to assign a contact person and to fill in the indicator. Results are expected in 2016. The quality officer chairing the quality committee also acts as the principal investigator of potential violations of research integrity brought to the attention of the Executive Board. The officer will suggest (and help implement) a course of action to correct such incidents. In 2015, four incidents of possible violations of privacy protection were reported to the quality officer, all of which have been handled through the appropriate channels.

PhD Committee The PhD Committee consists of three senior investigators and four PhD students. They advise the Executive Board on matters concerning education, supervision and assessment of PhD students. The PhD Committee is responsible for reviewing the ‘education and supervision agreement’ that is designed and signed by the PhD student and supervisors at the beginning of each PhD project. This agreement lists the obligatory and individually selected courses that the student must complete alongside the PhD research project for the amount of at least 30 ECTS. The overall aim of the agreement is to ensure a course program that is tailored to the needs of the individual PhD student and project Annual Report 2015 | EMGO+ | 35

EMGO+ Annual Report 2015  

In this annual report we present with pride and pleasure the core information about who we are, what we do, what we strive for, and what we...

EMGO+ Annual Report 2015  

In this annual report we present with pride and pleasure the core information about who we are, what we do, what we strive for, and what we...

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