With countries with different R&D infrastructures

Global Code of Conduct for Research in Resource-Poor Settings
To counter ethics dumping in countries in resource-poor settings.

Research partnerships between high-income and lower-income settings can be highly advantageous for both parties. On the other hand, they can lead to ethics dumping, the practice of exporting unethical research practices to lower-income settings. This Global Code of Conduct for Research in Resource-Poor Settings tries to prevent ethics dumping by presenting 23 articles that are:

• providing guidance across all research disciplines

• presenting clear, short statements in simple language to achieve the highest possible accessibility for all parties involved

• 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 of Conduct

• complementing the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity through a particular focus on research in resource-poor settings.

Those applying the Code oppose double standards in research and support long-term equitable research relationships between partners in lower-income and high-income settings based on four core values: fairness, respect, care and honesty.

Reference of the resource
Global code of conduct for research in resource-poor settings, Trusted Secure Data Sharing Space (TRUST) project consortium, 2018.
Research collaboration
With countries with different R&D infrastructures
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Relevant stakeholder(s):
All stakeholders of scientific research
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System (macro level)
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