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UCD Office of Research Ethics

An Oifig Eitic Thaighde UCD

Compliance & Best Practice Information Pack

This section contains useful resource documents and interesting publications concerned with research ethics

International Law & Ethical Best Practice

Nuremberg Code (1947)

Declaration of Helsinki (WMA, last amended Oct 2013)

Belmont Report (USA, 1979)

Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights (UNESCO, 2006)

European Convention on Human Rights (1953)

European Charter for Researchers

European Textbook on Ethics in Research

WHO Standards and Operational Guidance for Ethics Review of Health-Related Research with Human Participants (2011)

Nuffield Council on Bioethics (Exploring ethical issues in biology and medicine - publications)

Research Ethics and Social Sciences (Science with and for Society EU Programme – e-Library)

National Legislation

European Convention on Human Rights Act 2003 (Ireland)

Data Protection Act 1988 (Ireland)

Data Protection (Amendment) Act 2003 (Ireland)

Data Protection Guidelines on Research in the Health Sector (Data Protection Commissioner, 2007)

Data Protection General Data Protection Regulation: information on the GDPR which came into force on May 25th 2018 replacing the existing data protection framework under the EU Data Protection Directive.

Specific Research Ethics Areas

Human Biological Material: Recommendations for Collection, Use and Storage in Research (Irish Council for Bioethics, 2005)

Ethical, Scientific and Legal Issues Concerning Stem Cell Research Opinion (Irish Council for Bioethics, 2008)

Guidance for Developing Research Projects Involving Children (Dept. of Children & Youth Affairs, 2012)

International Ethical Research Involving Children (ERIC) Project (website which helps to understand, plan and conduct ethical research involving children and young people in any geographical, social, cultural or methodological context)

Ethical Guidance for Research with People with Disabilities (NDA, 2009)

Toolkit For Care Home Research (UK ENRICH - Enabling Research in Care Homes)

Ethical Guidance for Oral History Research (UK Oral History Society website)

Research Ethics in Ethnography / Anthropology (European Commission Guide) 

Research on refugees, asylum seekers & migrants (European Commission Guidance Note)

EU Code of Ethics for Socio-Economic Research (

Publication Ethics

Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Guidelines

How to handle authorship disputes: a guide for new researchers (COPE)


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