Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity

Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity (TENK) was founded in 1991 to address ethical questions relating to research and to the advancement of research ethics in Finland (Decree 1347 of 15 November 1991). The Secretary General of the Council is attached to the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies.

The Board shall

  • Make proposals and issue statements to governmental authorities on legislative and other matters concerning research ethics.
  • Act as an expert body working towards the resolution of ethical issues relating to research.
  • Take initiative in advancing research ethics and promote discussion concerning research ethics.
  • Monitor international developments in the area and take actively part in international co-operation.
  • Inform the public about research ethics.

Actionplan 1.2.2013-31.1.2016 (pdf)

Read more about TENK´s functions on the annual reports.

Promoting the responsible conduct of research and handling alleged violations are primarily the responsibility of the organisations conducting research. When alleged  misconduct has been reported and the report has been finalised by the organisation, the party dissatisfied with the ruling may request a statement from the Advisory Board.

In its other activities, the Advisory Board focuses on promoting the responsible conduct of research, as well as formulating and publicising common guidelines in co-operation with the research organisations.

Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity, which is nominated by the Ministry of Education and Culture for a term of three years at a time, meets seven times in a year. See Members of the Board.