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Professional Ethics Charter. © INRA

Ethics Charter

Updated on 07/22/2016
Published on 12/18/2013

Keenly aware of its responsibilities toward society, INRA has adopted a professional ethics charter to provide clear guidelines to all staff, in order to ensure that their work serves the common good.

As a public institute, INRA has a commitment to serve the general interest. To do so, the Institute gives priority to research that is relevant and useful, generating reliable results while establishing mutual respect. INRA is committed to being impartial and exemplary in its conduct, and vigilant in its operations. This includes all operations, from production, development and disseminating knowledge, considered as public goods, to expertise – often used to inform public policy, train and innovate. It also extends to communication with society at large.

INRA provides ethical guidelines to all staff so that the same goal lies at the heart of everyone’s work:  to serve the common good in an impartial and exemplary way. The Institute adopted a professional ethics charter in 2013 that provides a broad overview and the principles to which every staff member makes a personal commitment in the tasks entrusted to him or her.  

A committee that monitors conduct has been set up at management level to hear the concerns of staff members and work collectives, and field external demands. This committee is involved in developing the professional ethics charter. It works to raise awareness, train, and monitor scientific integrity throughout people’s professional careers.

On the subject of

The National Charter for Ethics in Research Activities

The aim of a National Ethics Charter is to explain the criteria for a rigorous and honest scientific approach that is notably applicable in the context of Joint Research Units and national and international partnerships where people from different institutions are working together.  It is nevertheless the responsibility of each institution to implement this charter and adapt it in line with its disciplinary areas and activities.

Compiled at the initiative of INRA, with CNRS, INSERM and the Conference of University Presidents (CPU), the National Charter for Ethics in Research Activities was signed by seven research institutions during a seminar held on 29 January 2015 on the Jussieu university campus. Olivier Le Gall, Deputy Director General for Scientific Affairs, represented INRA.

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