Research Ethics Adviser Platform

Code of Conduct

The Research Ethics Adviser Platform (REAP) Code of Conduct requires that those people who use the service:

  • behave honestly and with integrity when using REAP;
  • act with care and diligence when using REAP;
  • when using REAP, treat all others involved with respect and courtesy, and without harassment; use REAP in the manner that will fulfil its purpose, namely, provide to researchers confidential and expert advice on ethical considerations in proposed research

Research Ethics Advisers
..Research ethics advisors are expected to:

  • accurately portray their expertise;
  • provide advice at a professional level, consistent with their expertise, after appropriate consideration;
  • provide an assessment of the ethical considerations of the project and not of the researcher;
  • take care not to infringe other advisers’ or researchers’ intellectual property [link];
  • maintain appropriate confidentiality about requests made and advice given through REAP (refer to privacy policy);
  • disclose details of any material personal or professional interest in connection with work done through REAP and take reasonable steps to avoid any conflict of interest;
  • comply with any other conduct responsibility that is described in the National Statement;
  • take care to understand how their advice will be used before consenting to it being quoted by a researcher;
  • not receive direct payments from researchers seeking advice through REAP using payment systems outside of the REAP system.

Researchers
..Researchers are expected to:

  • receive advice in a collegial manner, but may not quote or cite the advice without further approval from the adviser;
  • comply with any other conduct responsibility that is described in the National Statement;
  • not offer direct payments to advisers using payment systems outside of the REAP system

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REAP acknowledges that in drafting this Code it has drawn from the Code of Conduct of the Australian Public Sector Service.