Research ethics

Good research and an ethical approach always go hand in hand. The ambition to achieve scientific progress must never take precedence over the principle of the dignity of research subjects – the protection of human dignity is always paramount.

Ethical issues in research have been discussed for a long time in various fields of research. The results of these discussions are summarised in collections of rules – codes – which attempt to clarify how researchers should act ethically correct. The codes in various research areas have helped to raise awareness of the ethical challenges in research.

The most important code is the Helsinki Declaration, a key research ethics guideline adopted by the World Medical Association (WMA) in 1964. Both the rules and concepts of the Helsinki Declaration are useful in other areas of research, which has given it a special status as a guideline for ethics in research in general.

The codes are collections of ethical rules, but they are not legally binding documents. In Sweden, we also have legislation in the field of research ethics, such as the Swedish Ethics Review Act and the Animal Protection Act.

Ethical review

Research covered by the law on ethical review

Information about and consent to participate in research

Ethical review – application

Research registry - laws and regulations

Research misconduct

Research data at the University of Borås - management, storage, publication, preservation

Research funders' requirements for ethical research - EU

Research Councils' ethical requirements and guidelines - Sweden

Important links - expert authorities and advice

Important links - laws and regulations

Important links - codes