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.
Bioethics Film Festival Edinburgh
Are human embryos just piles of cells or persons like us? But what is a person anyway? These are some of the questions which film-goers will be invited to explore and debate at the 10th International Biomedical Ethics Film Festival in November in Edinburgh (BioEdge). Read more »
Use of unregistered interventions for Ebola
Summary of the WHO panel discussion on ethical considerations for use of unregistered interventions for Ebola virus disease. Read more »
Japanese stem cell scientist found dead
A leading Japanese stem cell researcher has committed suicide in the wake of retractions of papers which he co-authored (BioEdge). Read more »
Give your views on clinical GMO test!
According to the Swedish law, the public must be informed about pending decisions to use GMO drugs in clinical trials. The Swedish Medical Products Agency now gives you the opportunity to have your say (Medical Products Agency). Read more »
In a recent post on his Practical Ethics blog, Oxford bioethicist Julian Savulescu has defended controversial ideas on geoengineering on the grounds that it could be the only way to combat climate change (Practical Ethics). Read more »
FDA debates trial-data secrecy
US drug regulator weighs up merits of disclosing preliminary results (Nature News). Read more »
Some Human Eggs Should Be Patentable
Unfertilised human eggs that can't develop into human beings are generally not "human embryos" within the meaning of the EU directive on the legal protection of biotechnological inventions, a 17 July European Court of Justice Advocate General opinion said (IP Watch). Read more »