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.
Edits to ethics code rankle
Clinical-trial obligations introduced into the Helsinki declaration called too onerous by some (Nature News). Read more »
Italian seismologists cleared of manslaughter
Appeals court says six scientists did not cause deaths in 2009 L'Aquila earthquake and cuts sentence of a government official (Nature News). Read more »
International resolution on use of big data
The International Data Protection Commissioners - including the Swedish data authority - endorse several privacy safeguards, including purpose specification, data minimization, anonymization, and meaningful consent (International Data Protection Commissioners). Read more »
US suspends risky disease research
Government to cease funding gain-of-function studies that make viruses more dangerous, pending a safety assessment (Nature). Read more »
PCORI & BMJ towards patient driven science
BMJ discusses in an editorial the PCORI initiative and their own efforts to involve patients in study design and peer-review (BMJ). Read more »
Publication of clinical reports
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has decided to publish the clinical reports that underpin the decision-making on medicines (EMA). Read more »
CEPN hiding behind the Data inspection board?
This is claimed in an opinion piece after a controversial decision made by the Swedish Central Ethical Review Board (Dagens Medicin). Read more »