It is very important for the Maastricht UMC+ Board that all researchers within the Maastricht UMC+ work according to existing legal and regulatory requirements. In order to guarantee the independent and meticulous execution of research, a Research Code (Dutch / English) was developed. The Research Code Maastricht UMC+ provides those involved in research with a clear description of the rules for ethical and socially responsible conduct in scientific research. Every new researcher (including PhD students) who will receive their contract from the Human Resources department is informed about the existence of the Maastricht UMC+ Research Code.
All scientists and PhD students are obliged to follow the national guidelines for Research Integrity (VSNU; Association of Universities in the Netherlands). We have whistle blowing and proper escalation procedures in place to handle suspected scientific misconduct.
At the Maastricht University (UM) level a special “Regulation for Scientific Integrity” was developed, which clearly describes the UM policy in this area. The Executive Board has appointed a counsellor on scientific integrity, who is the contact person for questions or complaints concerning scientific integrity. The counsellor will try to mediate in the complaint or otherwise to reach an amicable resolution. If this is not possible, he will guide the complainant to file the complaint to the Committee for Scientific Integrity UM, who will then take it further and will advise the Executive Board.