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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. The website's various 'entrances' are intended to make it as easy as possible to find the resources one is seeking. Short introductions to issues in research ethics systematize the material and help those looking for a quick overview.

Target audience

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.


CODEX's ambition is, through groupings of links and introductory texts, to provide access to and information on central guidelines, ethics codes and laws that regulate and place ethical demands on the research process.

The selection of guidelines and rules was made bearing in mind research work in Sweden. We have chosen some documents that regulate or are directed toward Swedish circumstances, and some international documents with relevance to work here. We have also occasionally included, for example, US guidelines of special interest. When multiple-language versions of a document have been available, the Swedish version has, where appropriate, been chosen for the Swedish version of the website. There is also an english language version of CODEX.

Note that, concerning documents on ethical questions, it is not only the current 'valid' guidelines that are of interest. A researcher him/herself must always take an independent stand on various requirements and views. There is nothing to hinder an appeal from the '80s from being seen by an individual as morally imperative - even if it is not legally imperative or even if it means, for example, abstaining from a procedure that is allowed by law. Therefore, certain older policy documents have also been included when deemed appropriate.


CODEX's ambition is, through groupings of links and introductory texts, to provide access to and information on central guidelines, ethics codes and laws that regulate and place ethical demands on the research process. We wish to stress, however, that CODEX does not claim to be comprehensive, and furthermore that laws and regulations change frequently. Our ambition is always to keep the website as updated as possible, however we cannot guarantee accuracy in every individual piece of information.

The editor of CODEX is the sole responsible for the selection of links, and for viewpoints and opinions stated in the reserach ethics summaries. For the contents of websites linked to by CODEX, the websites in question are responsible. Note that we do not censor viewpoints or arguments put forth in various policy documents and ethical appeals.

Since the information presented on the website is general, it should not be used as the only source in making decisions on important matters. Although we aim to present high-quality content on our website, it is not possible to completely avoid errors. If the content linked to or paraphrased in CODEX differ from the written version of any document, the written version is authoritative.

If you use or download information from this website, or from any link on this website, you do so at your own responsibility and risk. Visitors to the website are solely responsible for any damage or problems affecting computer systems after downloading information from this website.


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Unless otherwise specified, the information on CODEX may be used freely, providing that the source is cited.

Misrepresentation of the information is prohibited. Likewise, the information may not be used in an offensive manner or context.


CODEX provides links to research ethics rules and guidelines. These can be found via an alphabetical index, found under "Rules and guidelines", as well as in the research ethics summaries, collected under "About research ethics".

The alphabetical index provides direct links to external documents such as laws, regulations, rules and guidelines. In addition to providing a collective overview, the alphabetical index can be used to search for a specific document or author of research ethics rules and guidelines. Most documents can be found under both title and author.

It is also possible to do a search on the website.

The short introductions to issues in research ethics ("About research ethics") create a certain coherence and help those looking for a quick overview. They provide a detailed though limited selection from the documents. To each page belong a heading, "See further", where interesting and relevant resources can be found, such as other research ethics summaries, websites, collections of documents and so on, but also e.g. forms and contributions to debates.

Note that the alphabetical index contains all the links to guidelines contained in CODEX, whereas the research ethics summaries provide a detailed though limited selection from the documents.

On each page, the left column provides an overview of CODEX's contents and provides information on the reader's location in the website's structure. There is also a sitemap.

Authors and financiers

CODEX is operated by the Swedish Research Council in cooperation with The Centre for research ethics & bioethics at Uppsala University. Webmaster and principal writer of texts is Th.D. Stefan Eriksson.

This website was created by Stefan Eriksson and librarian Christer Lagvik in 2000 with support from:

CODEX was given new code and a new look in 2009, with the help of Anna-Sofia Persson at IT-stöd, Uppsala universitet.

We wish to thank the following institutions for providing pictures:

The CODEX logotype was created by Gunnar Kaj. The English language version of CODEX was translated by Judith Rinker at English Edit.


Responsible for the content and structure of this webpage is Stefan Eriksson.

Last updated: 2020-04-12

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