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The Ethics Committee

The Ethics Committee assesses the ethics of healthcare science research projects of humans, human embryos and foetuses and the observance of the law in these researches and gives statements about their assessments to the applicant.

Researches that require to be processed by the Ethics Committee are defined in the Medical Research Act. In addition, the committee is legally bound to issue statements by the Biobank Act and Act of the Medical Use of Human Organs and Tissues.

The activity of the Ethics Committee of the wellbeing services county of Southwest Finland covers all of the expert responsibility area of Western Finland.

Note! New statement application forms

The Ethics Committee has introduced a revised statement application form for opinions on health science research, the applications for which will be initiated from 31 January 2022. Thereafter, applications submitted using the old statement application form cannot be processed. In addition, a completely new separate form has been created for a significant change in a research. Therefore in the future, statement application on new research and changes to old research will be sought using different forms.

Notices and statement applications

Meetings and deadlines

The documents must be delivered to the committee's secretary no later than 3:45 pm on the deadline.

Researchers from the health care operational units of the University of Turku and Tyks' special responsibility area can request personal and free help in preparing the request for an ethics committee opinion and its appendices from the Turku Clinical Research Centre. Email:

The ethics committee of Turku University can issue a statement on non-medical research, if necessary.

Note! Deadlines are different for new researches and for other matters. The earlier deadline is for new researches and the later for other matters.

Meetings in 2023

Meeting date Deadline for new matters Deadline for other matters
17.1.2023 19.12.2022 at 3:45 pm 21.12.2022 at 3:45 pm
14.2.2023 23.1.2023 at 3:45 pm 25.1.2023 at 3:45 pm
14.3.2023 13.2.2023 at 3:45 pm 15.2.2023 at 3:45 pm
25.4.2023 3.4.2023 at 3:45 pm 5.4.2023 at 3:45 pm
16.5.2023 24.4.2023 at 3:45 pm 26.4.2023 at 3:45 pm
13.6.2023 23.5.2023 at 3:45 pm 25.5.2023 at 3:45 pm
15.8.2023 24.7.2023 at 3:45 pm 26.7.2023 at 3:45 pm
19.9.2023 28.8.2023 at 3:45 pm 30.8.2023 at 3:45 pm
17.10.2023 25.9.2023 at 3:45 pm 27.9.2023 at 3:45 pm
14.11.2023 23.10.2023 at 3:45 pm 25.10.2023 at 3:45 pm
12.12.2023 20.11.2023 at 3:45 pm 22.11.2023 at 3:45 pm