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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

EU overhauls first-in-human trials rules after disaster
On 21 July, the EMA announced in a concept paper that it wants to improve strategies to identify and reduce risks in first-in-human studies on healthy volunteers. Read more »

Objections to changes in US research regulation
The US government's proposed overhaul of regulations that govern research with human subjects is flawed and should be withdrawn, an independent advisory panel said on the 29th of June (Nature). Read more »

New EU law for medical devices
The new EU legislation aims at improving safety and innovation in this area (Swedish Medical Products Agency). Read more »

AMA modernize its Code of Medical Ethics
The AMA has voted to adopt a modernized version of its Code of Medical Ethics, capping an 8-year process to update the guideline for relevance, clarity and consistency, according to a statement (Healio). Read more »

Importing drugs för research
For safety reasons use of medicines are closely monitored. Drugs from another EES country not licensed for use in Sweden can still be used for care situations, but no such opprtunity exist for research purposes. Therefore the Swedish Medical Products Agency has issued a new proposal. Read more »

Drugs withdrawn after suspicions of misconduct
Licenses for four medicines have been temporarily withdrawn after a decision by the Swedish Medical Products Agency. The company who performed clinical trials on the drugs is supsected for misconduct. Read more »

Improve safety of first-in-human trials
EMA has sterted work on new guidelines for First-in-Human-trials. This in co-operation with the EU Commission amd the member states. In these trials a new drug is tested for the first time in humans. (Medical Products Agency). Read more »

EU leaders call for open access
In what Carlos Moedas calls a "life-changing" move, EU member states agreed on an ambitious new OA target. All scientific papers should be freely available by 2020, the Competitiveness Council concluded after a 2-day meeting (Science). Read more »

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Last updated: 2016-08-25
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