ICMR publishes Code of Conduct Guidelines for Research Scientists

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Bioethics has emerged as a new discipline over the past couple of decades and is poised to become a multidisciplinary specialty. Institutional review boards/Institutional ethics committees have evolved as conscience keepers of professionals with the view to safeguard the welfare of members of society against any possible harm from scientific advances. Bioethical discussions and debates provide perspectives on the relevance of

new as well as existing processes to human values, enabling appropriate decisions by the
different stakeholders.
Advances in laboratory technologies in the recent times have created new and complex
ethical dilemmas in their wake. Laboratory services are an integral part of disease
diagnosis, treatment, response monitoring, surveillance programmes and research.
Therefore, personnel working in clinical and/or research laboratories should be aware of
their ethical responsibilities. It is necessary to comply with the ethical code of conduct
prescribed by national and international organisations, and address the emerging ethical,
legal and social concerns in the field of biological and biomedical sciences. The basic
principles enshrined in the codes and guidelines followed by different countries are:
1. Autonomy – Respect for persons including informed consent, privacy and
confidentiality
2. Beneficence – Fruitful result, Do good
3. Non-Maleficence – Do no deliberate harm
4. Justice – Ensure equitable distribution of risks and benefits
The aim of the code of conduct for scientists is to ensure that all research activities involving microbial or other biological agents, or toxins whatever their origin or
method of production, are only of types and in quantities that have justification for
prophylactic, protective or other peaceful purposes.
Source : ICMR
Read the Entire Guidelines on Code of Conduct for Research Scientists engaged in field of Life Sciences HERE
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