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.
Law does not cover need for ethical guidance
Just a small part of ethical dilemmas is covered by the act on ethical review. We lack a forum for a living ethical discussion, says Gunnel Colnerud, professor emerita at Linköpings universitet (Curie). Read more »
Personal data saves lives
Researchers across Europe claim that they use personal data in a safe, secure way to grow our collective understanding of disease. The Data Saves Lives campaign calls on the EU to ensure that the upcoming Data Protection Regulation strikes a crucial balance between safeguarding privacy and vital research. Read more »
Scrap the new act on whistleblower protection
A new law on protection of whistleblowers is presently prepared. But it won't make it easier to report or protect the one reporting, and should therefore be scraped, the well-known whistleblower Per Kornhall writes (Svenska Dagbladet). Read more »
It is unethical not to do research
Apart from all the approvals needed to do clinical research, consent is required. Nowadays patients are not encouraged to take part which lowers participation, says Hugo Lagercrantz at KI (Curie). Read more »
The age of contractualism in bioethics?
Recently, contractualism has become a favored perspective in bioethics and research ethics. J.S. Blumenthal-Barby ponders the merits and draw-backs of this (Bioethics.net blog). Read more »
KI reported to JO for misconduct evaluation
A former professor at Karolinska institutet now wants the "Justitieombudsman" to scrutinize the report where a surgeon was cleared of misconduct (Läkartidningen). Read more »