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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

2016-10-24
Questionable research practices blurring boundariesInfamous cases of misconduct such as that of Paolo Macchiarini are just the extremes on a long spectrum of dubious research practices, say Nick Butler, Helen Delaney and Sverre Spoelstra, in Times Higher Education. Read more »


2016-10-24
European regulator to release all data from clinical trials
EMA is currently implementing a policy of publishing all the clinical data it receives from pharmaceutical companies, in a bid to promote transparency in clinical trials (BioEdge). Read more »


2016-10-20
Suggested changes to reports in genetics
Standard ethics reporting such as “consent and approval was obtained” is no longer meaningful, but meaningful ethics reporting is possible without higher word counts and could support public trust as well as networked research, claims Chin et al. (PLoS Biology). Read more »


2016-10-10
80 % of China's clinical trial data compromised
Just over 80% of clinical trial data submitted to support new drug registrations in China have been revealed as fraudulent or substandard by the country's drug regulator (BMJ). Read more »


2016-10-06
Corporate culture has no place in academia
Academic capitalism contributed to the mishandling of the Macchiarini case by officials at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, argues Olof Hallonsten (Nature). Read more »


2016-09-12
Expert Group: Macchiarini cheated
The surgeon Paolo Macchiarini is guilty of research misconduct, says the expert group on research misconduct in a statement (Dagens Nyheter). Read more »


2016-09-07
Macchiarini investigations prompt resignations
After several investigations have heavily criticized the Karolinska hospital and Karolinska Institute, heads are rolling (Dagens Medicin). Read more »


2016-09-06
Why there soon will be more scandals
Is it the focus on excellency and Nobel prices that have led us astray, asks Anders Johansson in an opinion piece (Aftonbladet). Read more »


2016-08-06
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 »


2016-07-01
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 »


2016-06-20
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 »


2016-06-20
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 »


2016-06-13
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 »



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Last updated: 2016-11-21
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