National & EU Research Integrity Policies & Guidance

National Research Integrity Forum and National Policy Statement on Ensuring Research Integrity in Ireland 

Ireland is close to the world’s top research performing nations in terms of research quality and impact related to its size. The National Policy statement (2014, revised 2019) aims to commit the main organisations in Irish research to the highest standards of integrity in carrying out their research so that partners and other stakeholders, and the international research community may have full confidence in the Irish research system. The Policy Statement provides a gold standard for researchers in Ireland, see National-Policy-Statement-on-Ensuring-Research-Integrity-in-Ireland

The National Forum on Research Integrity (NRIF) was established in June 2015. It is coordinated by the Irish Universities Association (IUA) and the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA). See here for further information on NRIF activities.


The Higher Education Authority (HEA) 


The HEA Principles of Good Practice in Research in Irish HEIs 2020 are focused at institutional level and intend to promote good practice in research conduct by:


  • Bringing together the main elements of good practice in higher education research,
  • Articulating high-level principles within each of these, and
  • Signposting to more detailed policies where available. 


European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity 

European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity

The European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity  serves the European research community as a framework for self-regulation across all scientific and scholarly disciplines and for all research settings.

The 2017 revised edition of the Code addresses emerging challenges emanating from technological developments, open science, citizen science and social media, among other areas. The European Commission recognises the Code as the reference document for research integrity for all EU-funded research projects and as a model for organisations and researchers across Europe.

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