What is scientific integrity?

Scientific integrity is a set of values and rules based on principles related to the ethics of the researcher, formalised in an OCDE report in 2007, which can be summarised as follows:

  • reliability of the quality and reproducibility of research,
  • honesty of research, transparency, objectivity of research
  • respect for the human, cultural and ecological environment of research,
  • responsibility for the implications of publishing research.

The main breaches of scientific integrity are plagiarism, falsification or embellishment of data, dubious practices in the signing of publications, conflicts of interest, etc.

The University of Tours is involved in all aspects of the scientific integrity process. It therefore contributes to a process of information and training of its researchers and teacher-researches on good practices in the conduct of research activities. The University of Tours has the COMPILATIO software, which helps to detect plagiarism. Teachers and students can access it from their Digital Working Environment (ENT) and a charter has been adopted. Finally, the University of Tours has appointed an ethics referent as the first point of contact to receive requests for information and to inform about good practices in terms of scientific integrity and ethics.

The Loire Valley Animal Experimentation Ethics Committee

The Loire Valley Animal Experimentation Ethics Committee, in accordance with the legislation in force, aims to:

  • Ensure that animal husbandry conditions are optimised
  • List and examine all study protocols requiring the use of animals, in order to issue a favourable or unfavourable opinion on them (in the event of an unfavourable opinion, the committee may propose modifications)
  • Raise awareness and train research staff in ethical questions about animal protection

According to a European directive, the referral to the Ethical Committee on Animal Experimentation has been mandatory since January 1st, 2013.
Find out more
Download the authorisation form for projects using animals for scientific purposes and its instructions for use.

Contact: ceeavdl@univ-tours.fr (coordinating secretary)


The Committee for the Protection of Individuals

  • Dedicated to biomedical research
  • Referred to before the implementation of a clinical research project or a therapeutic trial on humans in the Centre-Val de Loire region
  • Ensures that the research project respects medical, ethical and legal measures for the protection of persons participating in the research.

Download the Operating charter of the Ethics Committee for research involving the human person of the universities of Tours and Poitiers

Contact: cpp@med.univ-tours.fr