Universal ethical code for scientists

Statement of the values and responsibilities of scientists.


Rigour, respect, responsibility: a universal ethical code for scientists

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The universal ethical code is a public statement of the values and responsibilities of scientists. It has 3 main aims:

  • to encourage ethical research
  • to get scientists thinking about the implications and impacts of their work
  • to support communication between scientists and the public on complex and challenging issues

The code is not mandatory but scientists and institutions are encouraged to reflect on and debate how these guidelines may relate to their own work.

Published 12 September 2007