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HRS4R Accreditation

Human Resources Strategy for Researchers

IQS fully adheres to the statement of commitment to the principles of the “Charter for European Researchers” and the “Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers” promoted by the European Commission. The evaluators welcomed the thoroughness with which IQS has aligned its human resources practices with the principles of the Charter and the Code. Following the comprehensive analysis of the submitted action plan, IQS meets all the requirements for the use of the “HR Excellence in Research” label.

The European Commission has launched the HRS4R (Human Resources Strategy for Researchers), a tool to support universities, research institutions and research funding organisations in the implementation of the “European Charter for Researchers” and the “Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers”. It aims to contribute to the development of an attractive European labour market for researchers.

The Charter and the Code of Conduct are recommendations from the Commission to the Member States and are voluntary:

  • European Charter for Researchers: the “European Charter for Researchers” is a set of general principles and requirements defining the roles, responsibilities and rights of researchers, employers and funders.
  • Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers: the “Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers”, which does not differ much from the standard rules governing recruitment, stresses the importance of open and transparent recruitment procedures and diverse and experienced selection committees.

HRS4R accreditation documentation

Review (2023)

The HR Excellence in Research label reflects our commitment to continuous improvement of human resources policies in line with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, in particular the commitment to fair and transparent recruitment and evaluation procedures.

More than 704 organisations, 159 of them Spanish, have received the HR Excellence in Research logo.

IQS welcomes and supports the recommendations of the European Commission contained in the “European Charter for Researchers” and the “Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers“.

It also undertakes, in accordance with its internal policies, to develop its human resources strategy, adhering to the recommendations and principles set out in the Charter and the Code and to ensure transparency, accessibility, fairness and the pursuit of excellence in the recruitment of researchers.