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Codes of conduct

Health Care Governance Code

A new governance code for all of health care was implemented in 2017. The UMC Utrecht Executive Board and Supervisory Board adhere to the principles of this Health Care Governance Code because in our view too, good management and good supervision are of great importance to guarantee good care. The Heath Care Governance Code is based on seven principles, which contribute to ensuring good care, reaching the community goals of healthcare institutions, and community trust. The principles furthermore serve as guidelines regarding rules, to leave more room for dialog rather than ‘ticking off’ little rules as in the past. The code focuses in particular on culture and behavior, values and standards, and participation and dialog. These are all aspects that keep changing and that therefore require ongoing attention. On January 1st, 2022, a new Heath Care Governance Code came into force. Naturally UMC Utrecht also endorses this new code.

Culture and behavior especially remain important areas, where ongoing attention is important. This is why we have anchored our strategic program Together for the Patient in our organization.

Our leadership program Connecting Leaders is another example of our ongoing attention in this respect. For example, in our workplace-experience surveys (three times a year) we ask our staff about their experiences also in this area.

Other codes of conduct

Besides the Health Care Governance Code, we also look at:

  • Internal codes of conduct:

    • the Integrity Code of Conduct (see 10.3 Integrity)

    • the UMC Utrecht Research Code (see 10.3 Integrity)

    • the Code of Conduct for dealing with ICT and data

    • the Code of Conduct for Dealing responsibly with body material for scientific research (Federa/UMC Utrecht)