UCL regards it as fundamental that research should be conducted according to ethical guidelines.
UCL interprets ethical issues broadly including amongst others;
- the relevant codes of practice (according to the research discipline);
- the involvement of human participants, tissue or data in research;
- the use of animals in research;
- research that may result in damage to the environment;
- the use of sensitive economic, social or personal data;
- the acquisition, storage and disposal of historical artefacts.
Comply with guidance
All those at UCL involved in research, whether on UCL premises or overseas, as well as external researchers researching at UCL or working in collaboration with UCL are expected to read and comply with this guidance.
Abide by Code of Conduct
Researchers are also expected to read and abide by UCL's Code of Conduct for Research as well as other UCL policy and guidance as relevant (see the Policy and Guidelines and Data Management sections for more information).
Academic research involving one or more of the bullet points above must (unless exempted) have approval granted before any work can commence. UCL considers that failure to gain appropriate permission before starting a project with ethical implications could amount to research misconduct (see UCL's procedure for investigating and resolving allegations of misconduct in academic research) and may lead to disciplinary action.
- UCL's Code of Conduct for Research
- UCL's procedure for investigating and resolving allegations of misconduct in academic research
In addition to this researchers should conform to commonly agreed standards of good practice, such as those defined in the Declaration of Helsinki (2013) and the ESRC Framework for Research Ethics 2015 as well as (where relevant) publications produced by
- UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and its constituent research councils,
- other funding bodies, for example, members of the Association of Medical Research Charities,
- other national and international regulatory and governance bodies.