Welcome to the CODEX website - rules and guidelines for research
This website's aim is to give researchers and other interested parties access to and information on the guidelines, ethics codes and laws that regulate and place ethical demands on the research process. One can search for a specific document or ones originating from a certain author ("Rules and guidelines"). Short introductions to issues in research ethics create a certain coherence and help those looking for a quick overview ("About research ethics"). There are weekly news updates from the world of research ethics.
CODEX addresses first and foremost those who are actively involved in research, but also the interested public. Thus, no special previous knowledge is needed to understand the website's contents. We graciously accept corrections and suggestions for additions - and please tell us when finding broken links.
The Disappearing Links
A recent court ruling in Europe might make it harder to check the validity of scientific literature (Copy, Shake, and Paste). Read more »
Doctor Seeking To Perform Head Transplant
Arthur Caplan finds the idea both "rotten scientifically and lousy ethically" (Forbes). Read more »
Danish court clears misconduct case
Danish judges have overruled scientists, concluding that a panel of experts erred in finding a physiologist guilty of misconduct (Retraction Watch). Read more »
What if grants were refunded after fraud?
If institutions had to refund any grants built upon retracted papers, accountability for publically funded research might be strenghtened, suggests Leonid Schneider (Retraction Watch). Read more »
NIH and monkey research protests
The US animal rights group PETA claims tests on primates are inhumane, but NIH maintains the research is important to understanding human health (Bethesda Beat). Read more »
Sharing clinical trial data now "expected norm"
Investigators, sponsors, and other stakeholders in clinical research should foster a culture in which data sharing is the expected norm, a US Institute of Medicine committee has concluded in a recent report (BMJ News). Read more »
World's strongest open access policy
The Gates Foundation has announced the world’s strongest policy in support of open research and open data. If strictly enforced, it would prevent Gates-funded researchers from publishing in journals such as Nature and Science (Nature News). Read more »
Parthenotes fall outside patent ban
The European Court of Justice has cleared the way for the patenting of human parthenotes for industrial and commercial purposes, clarifying the definition of 'human embryo' excluded from patentability in European Law (BioNews). Read more »
European Court Opens for Stem Cell Patenting
The European Court of Justice (CJEU) has ruled that human embryonic stem cell patents could be allowed if organisms can't develop into human being (Gen). Read more »