January 19, 2022

Global Code of Conduct adopted by NCN

National Science Centre adopted global code developed by an EU initiative to prevent the export of unethical research practices to low- and middle-income countries. From now on researchers applying for NCN funding have to include the rules set out in the Global Code of Conduct while planning their projects.

Global Code of Conduct was launched in 2018 as a result of the TRUST project (Creating and enhancing TRUSTworthy, responsible and equitable partnerships in international research) funded by the  European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The goal of the project was to prevent ethics dumping by improving the implementation of high ethical standards in research around the world.

The phenomenon of ethics dumping broadly refers to the exportation of ethically unacceptable and non-compliant research practices to poor countries. These involve carrying out research without ethical approval or insurance for harm that may occur during a study. These include conducting tests that exploit vulnerable populations or undertaking research in a low- and middle-income country that would normally be prohibited in a high-income one with stringent regulations.

Within the TRUST project a code addressing the unevenness in ethical and legal research standards was developed. The TRUST project utilised a new framework based on the values of fairness, respect, care and honesty. The GCC covers all research disciplines. It also serves as an educational tool, since the practice of ethics dumping could be unintentional too, for example, when there’s insufficient expertise among researchers and in research support systems.

National Science Centre joined the other 11 adopters od the Global Code of Conduct. Rules of the Code are included in NCN call documents. At the proposal stage each applicant must complete the ethics issues form that includes reference to the GCC.

Guidelines for applicants to complete the ethics issues form in the proposal – document referring to GCC

Global Code of Conduct website

The TRUST project info