Mission Statement

"The University of Vienna is committed to conducting research that respects the dignity and integrity of humans, animals and the environment. For this reason, an Ethics Committee is established at the University of Vienna which is composed of representatives of various disciplines. The Ethics Committee is responsible for reviewing ethical issues raised by the implementation of research projects. Researchers at the University of Vienna can turn to this committee when ethically relevant aspects are touched upon in their work and they wish to ensure that their research projects adequately respect the fundamental values of human dignity, liberty and health and do not violate the legal provisions pursuant to the Ethics Committee section in the Statutes of the University of Vienna.

As a rule, research is conducted at the frontiers of knowledge. Therefore the University of Vienna establishes the Ethics Committee to facilitate the development of a structure which embodies awareness of ethical issues in research. With its interdisciplinary expertise, the Ethics Committee contributes to the idea of assuming ethical and legal responsibility in research."

On behalf of the Rectorate
Christa Schnabl, Vice-Rector for Student and Educational Affairs