Scientific integrity

Good and trustworthy research is based on proper scientific behaviour. Before starting your research, pay attention to the issue of good management and scientific integrity by reading the Netherlands Code of Conduct for Scientific Practice by the VSNU (association of universities), also available in Dutch. Also read the research code AMC/VUmc and the Quality Handbook APH. More information about scientific quality and several standard manuals can be found at the website of the Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centers (NFU).

All our researchers and research managers that are involved in research which fall under the remit of the Medical Research Involving Human Subject Act (WMO) need to be BROK®-certified. This obligatory basic course for clinical investigators (Basiscursus Regelgeving en Organisatie Klinisch wetenschappelijk onderzoek) can be followed online at  of the Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centers and needs to be repeated (re-registration) every 4 years.

Research staff involved with (part) of the consent procedure or in contact with research participants need to follow the online training WMO Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training of GCP Central. Students and research staff without contact with participants but who do work with data (herleidbare gegevens) need to follow the light-training WMO-GCP. Researchers and staff with a VUmc account receive a discount. Online GCP-courses and re-registration BROK courses are available at

More information about GCP in the document Good Clinical Practice/BROK (Dutch).