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Researcher accreditation

Researcher accreditation

During researcher accreditation the HCSO examines if the researchers and – if there is one – the research institution, indicated on the data request form, fulfill all criteria to use data access channels of Safe Centre access, remote access, remote execution and release of anonymised microdata sets. The criteria used for the assessment are publicly available on the HCSO website (see below).


The purpose and effect of researcher accreditation

In line with the provisions on access to official statistics and to promote scientific research, 4 out of the 6 data access channels of the HCSO are available only for researchers conducting research for scientific purposes.


These data access channels are the following:



The main goal of researcher accreditation is to analyse the scientific nature of the data request received for the above listed four data access channels.


Tabular data can be requested from the HCSO by all users without exceptions and Public Use Files can also be downloaded from the website of the HCSO without any limitation. For these two data access channels no researcher accreditation is carried out.


Elements of the researcher accreditation

As part of the researcher accreditation the HCSO examines the researchers and – if there is one – the research institution, indicated on the data request form, and also the scientific nature of the data request. Researcher accreditation is conducted based on the provided information on the data request forms and other documents attached to those forms. If justified, additional consultations between the researchers and the HCSO might be necessary for researcher accreditation. In such cases the HCSO will contact the researchers and the research institution.


Frequency of researcher accreditation

The HCSO conducts researcher accreditation for all data requests received for all four relevant data access channels, following the receival of the data requests. In order to provide necessary information for a successful researcher accreditation, the researchers and the research institution must send duly completed data request forms to the HCSO.


Researcher accreditation criteria

In line with its purpose, the researcher accreditation consists of the following main parts and the corresponding criteria:


  1. Examination of the researchers and – if there is one – the research institution
    • In connection with the researchers, the HCSO examines the following criteria:
      • has the researcher violated the conditions laid down in the contract signed with the HCSO during 5 years preceding the submission of the data request;
      • has the researcher violated the conditions of the safe environment of the HCSO during 5 years preceding the submission of the data request;
      • carrier path of the researcher;
      • in case of research with institutional background, the type of legal relationship between the researcher and the research institution;
      • has the researcher fulfilled the requirement of sending the copies of publication based on the research outputs to the HCSO during 5 years preceding the submission of the data request.

    • In connection with the research institution, the HCSO examines the following criteria:
      • has the research institution violated the conditions laid down in the contract signed with the HCSO during 5 years preceding the submission of the data request;
      • has any researcher of the research institution violated the conditions of the safe environment of the HCSO during 5 years preceding the submission of the data request;
      • in case of access in safe environment, have the copies of publications based on the research outputs been sent to the HCSO during 5 years preceding the submission of the data request;
      • legal status of the institution;
      • main activity and other activities of the institution;
      • organisational setup of the institution;
      • place and role of research activity in the institution (if research is not the main activity of the institution);
      • main results of the research activity of the institution conducted during 5 years preceding the submission of the data request;
      • rules and procedures of publication of scientific results of the institution;
      • arrangements of financing the institution (with special attention given to research activities);
      • in case of release of anonymised microdata sets, the IT and physical security measures and conditions at the institution.

  1. Examination of the scientific nature of the data request
    • relevance of the purpose of the research project to public interest and scientific progress;
      The results of the scientific research must serve the goals of the economy, society and environment as a whole and not the commercial or profit goals of the institution requesting access to data. It is forbidden that, as on the basis of the results of the research, the institution requesting access or any other entity realise unilateral competitive advantage.
    • the intended modes of publication of the planned research outputs;
      In the frame of scientific research only those data request can be accepted where the public dissemination of the research results is ensured.
    • justification of the need why the research project goals cannot be realised without access in safe environment or without the release of anonymised microdata sets.


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