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The European Commission has adopted the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct  for the Recruitment of Researchers, a key elements in the European Union's policy to make research an attractive career giving individual researchers the same rights and obligations wherever they may work throughout Europe.

The European Charter for Researchers addresses the roles, responsibilities and entitlements of researchers and their employers or funding organisations. The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers aims to improve recruitment, to make selection procedures fairer and more transparent, and proposes different means of judging merit: based in number of publications but on a wider range of evaluation criteria, such as teaching, supervision, teamwork, knowledge transfer, management and public awareness activities.

The "Human Resource Strategy for Researchers HRS4R" supports research institutions and funding organisations in the implementation of the Charter & Code in their policies and practices. The concrete implementation of the Charter & Code by research institutions will render them more attractive to researchers looking for a new employer or for a host for their research project.

The Medical Research Institute of the Hospital La Fe (IIS La Fe) have signed the Letter of Endorsement of the Charter & Code. This Declaration of endorsement by employers and funders of IIS La Fe will be followed by a concrete action plan for the implementation of the Charter & Code principles within the framework of the "Human Resources Strategy for Researchers incorporating the Charter & Code". 

IIS La Fe was awarded with ‘HR Excellence in Research’ as a provider of a stimulating and favourable work environment. This award reflects our commitment to continuously improve our human resource policies in line with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.