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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

2016-02-01
Discussion of the KI case
Recently, a series of television programmes have brought wide attention to the KI surgeon who might have committed misconduct. Läkartidningen has collected all its articles and social comments are a plenty. Read more »


2016-01-28
Open data & methods for peer review
Authors of scholarly articles shall provide data and methods openly for peer review. That is the goal for researchers in the Peer Reviewers’ Openness Initiative (PRO), which has been created by researchers in order to make it easier to control results and stop misconduct (SUHF). PRO website »


2016-01-21
Proposal on sharing clinical trial data
A proposal from the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, based on there beinfg an ethical obligation to responsibly share data generated by interventional clinical trials as participants have put themselves at risk (NEJM). Read more »


2016-01-18
Catastrophic clinical trial in France
One man has been pronounced brain dead and another six are in a critical condition after a stage-one pain-relief drug trial was carried out in France (BioEdge). Read more »


2016-01-15
Biobanking in the Sharing Era
Next-gen biobanking are embracing high-speed data and sample management, but find sharing difficult (GEN). Read more »


2016-01-15
Publishers embrace scheme to end name confusion
On January 7, some of the world's largest academic publishers and scientific societies announced that they will encourage or require researchers to sign up with ORCID (Science). Read more »


2016-01-07
Four retractions follow findings of negligence
A Swedish ethical review board has censured two biologists and Uppsala University for events related to “extensive image manipulations” in papers published between 2010 and 2014. The case has led to criticism from an outside expert over the current system in Sweden for handling such investigations (Retraction Watch). Read more »


2015-12-30
European research escapes stifling demands
Proposed legislation had threatened the use of genomic and clinical data in medical studies, but the new rules exempt research from some strict provisions (Nature). Read more »


2015-12-30
New data protection reform in EU
New rules will address concerns from citizens by strengthening the existing rights and empowering individuals with more control over their personal data (EU Commission). Read more »


2015-12-22
Law ignored, patients at risk
Prestigious US medical research institutions have flagrantly violated a federal law requiring public reporting of study results, depriving patients and doctors of complete data to gauge the safety and benefits of treatments, a STAT investigation has found (Vascore). Read more »



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Last updated: 2016-02-01
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