Ethics and Code of Conduct

European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers


The European Commission adopted the European Researchers' Charter and the Code of Conduct for Researcher Recruitment, drafting two documents aimed at researchers as well as employers and providers of public and private sector funding. Both documents have become key elements of European Union policy, making research an attractive career and stimulating economic growth and employment in Europe.

Specifically, the European Charter for Researchers outlines the functions, responsibilities and rights of investigators and their employers. The aim is to ensure that the relation between these parties contributes to successful performance in the generation, transfer and shared use of knowledge, as well as the professional development of researchers from the early stages.

Moreover, the Code of Conduct for the hiring of researchers was drawn up to improve enrolment, so that selection procedures are fair and transparent. The researcher's merit should be measured not only by the number of publications, but also by a wider range of evaluation criteria such as education and teaching, supervision, teamwork, knowledge transfer, management and public awareness-raising activities.

To help accommodate the research institutions to the Charter and Code principles, the Commission set out a procedure through which those institutions interested in including them, could design their own Human Resources (HR) Strategy.

European Commission

HR Strategy in Achucarro

During the first semester of 2013, Achucarro underwent the Internal Analysis process of the "HR Strategy for Researchers" (HRS4R) fostered by the European Commission. HRS4R is a mechanism to support the implementation of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (C&C).

The outcome of that process is this Internal Analysis and Action Plan (2013). As a consequent of this, in September 2013, Achucarro was awarded the "HR Excellence in Research" logo and recognition.

At the end of 2015, Achucarro underwent a self-assessment process for reviewing and following-up the implementation of the Action Plan designed in 2013 towards the continuous improvement of our talent recruitment, retention and recognition of careers.

The result of that process was reflected and summarised in 2 years follow-up and self-assessment report.

After completing that self-assessment, our Action Plan focused on implementation the initiatives internally identified, and the recommendations suggested from the EC. 

HR Excellence in Research

Open, Transparent, Merit-based Recruitment

As member of the 4th cohort of organisations involved in the development of HRS4R, we have analysed, assessed and integrated the recommendations and principles of OTM-R into our internal recruitment policies.

We have used the Report of the Working Group of the Steering Group of Human Resources Management on Open, Transparent and Merit-based Recruitment (OTM-R) of Researchers and the checklist for ensuring the completeness of our analysis and the corresponding policy definition.

The result is the current Achucarro OTM-R Policydated October 2016.