The VvE Working Group Responsible Epidemiological Research Practice (RERP) has taken the initiative to develop a guideline regarding the conduct of epidemiological research, entitled RERP. Important drivers for the development of this guidelines were publications on the occurrence of Questionable Research Practices and Research Waste in the Lancet and on improving transparency and accountability in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. Epidemiological research in the Netherlands has a good reputation and we would like to maintain the trust in the conduct of our research.
RERP provides guidelines on the conduct of epidemiological research including the documentation of the entire research process so that it remains transparent and reconstructive after completion of the research. This does not concern aspects of content such as calculating the sample size, choice of research design, or selection of potential confounders for adjustment. Rather, the guideline covers every step of the research process, from the research idea, through the preparation of a research protocol, to the final publication and archiving of the entire research project.
On June 15, 2016, the working group organized a pre-conference for the WEON on RERP. There was a lot of support and interest in the guideline. Comments received have been processed as much as possible in a new version. The modified version was discussed at the general board meeting on March 9, 2017 and was also sent for feedback to the members of the VvE. As of May 1, 2017, the RERP guideline has been finalized. The guideline can be downloaded here.
The Working Group RERP is currently working on implementation of the guideline. The guideline will be presented during WEON 2017 (June 8-9, 2017) and during the FederaDag (June 16, 2017). If you would like to receive more information about the guideline, please contact the chairman of the Working Group RERP, Gerard Swaen by e-mail: g.swaenmaastrichtuniversity.nl.