Research partnerships between high-income and lower-income settings can be highly advantageous for both parties. Or they can lead to ethics dumping, the practice of exporting unethical research practices to lower-income settings.
This Global Code of Conduct counters ethics dumping by:
providing guidance across all research disciplines
presenting clear, short statements in simple language to achieve the highest possible accessibility
focusing on research collaborations that entail considerable imbalances of power, resources and knowledge
using a new framework based on the values of fairness, respect, care and honesty
offering a wide range of learning materials and affiliated information to support the code
Those applying the code will be researchers and research funders who oppose double standards in research and support long-term equitable research relationships between partners in lower-income and high-income settings based on fairness, respect, care and honesty.
The Ethics and Research Integrity Sector, Directorate General for Research and Innovation, European Commission will propose the code as a reference document for funding applications in the Framework Programme.
In addition to the code, the website offers a wide range of learning materials related to these principles.