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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.

Research ethics news from media

Registered trials make positive findings vanish
A study showing a fall in positive trial results after the roll-out of attracted much attention on social media (Nature). Read more »

Cancer patients in research often unrealistic
Cancer patients take part in drug studies in the belief that they might get cured, a dissertation by Tove Godskesen shows (Dagens Medicin). Read more »

PEERE-ing into peer review
A EU project exploring issues around journal and grant peer review, and running from 2014 to 2018, is presented by its chair (Exchanges blog). Read more »

DI demands better consent information
The Swedish Data Protection Agency has reviewed 4 drug companies' research in healthcare - and found problems with patient information and responsibilities for personal data handling. Read more »

Thus should misconduct be combated
Sweden lacks a good system for investigating accusations of fraud. When the Government now will make an inquiry it is important that an independent authority is assigned the task, writes the Swedish Research Council. Read more »

EU rejects bid to ban animal testing
An EU-wide campaign to stop laboratory experiments on animals has failed to persuade the European Commission to impose a ban (BBC News). Read more »

Companies ask for access to researchers' emails
In the USA, principles of public access increasingly mandates researchers giving access to mail. If this is a problem and what it entails for research is a disputed issue (Curie). Read more »

Risky research not subject to oversight
After research projects get an initial ethical approval, there are almost no audits and we cannot be sure that they are performed ethically, write Mats Johansson and Linus Broström on DN Debatt. Read more »

Temporary research data law criticised
The Data Inspection Board thinks the temporary law for register-based research, in force until December 31 this year, should not be prolonged. Read more »

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Last updated: 2015-08-25
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