Council for Science and Technology, UK (CST report, 2007)


Rigour, respect and responsibility: a Universal Ethical Code for Scientists


This is a public statement of the values and responsibilities of scientists. It aims to foster ethical research, to encourage active reflection among scientists on the wider implications and impacts of their work, and to support constructive communication between scientists and the public on complex and challenging issues.


Individuals and institutions are encouraged to adopt and promote this code. It is meant to capture a small number of broad principles that are shared across disciplinary and institutional boundaries. It is not intended to replace codes of conduct or ethics relating to specific professions or areas of research.



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


Rigour, honesty and integrity

                Act with skill and care in all scientific work. Maintain up to date skills and assist their development in others.

                Take steps to prevent corrupt practices and professional misconduct. Declare conflicts of interest.

                Be alert to the ways in which research derives from and affects the work of other people, and respect the rights and reputations of others.


Respect for life, the law and the public good

                Ensure that your work is lawful and justified.

                Minimise and justify any adverse effect your work may have on people, animals and the natural environment.


Responsible communication: listening and informing

                Seek to discuss the issues that science raises for society. Listen to the aspirations and concerns of others.

                Do not knowingly mislead, or allow others to be misled, about scientific matters. Present and review scientific evidence, theory or interpretation honestly and accurately.



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