Research ethics and animal testing ethics
If you are informed about research ethics, you can ask the right questions about what is appropriate or inappropriate in research. Research ethics is about both legislation and rules and good research practice.
The Swedish Research Council runs a website providing information about animal experiments in collaboration with Lund University and seven other Swedish universities.
The Swedish Board of Agriculture website has more information about the rules and permits for use of laboratory animals.
At Lund University, deviations from good research practice and research misconduct are handled by the Deviations from Good Research Practice Review Board.
Consent is to be informed, voluntary and explicit.
Being informed means that the person who is asked for consent has received relevant information about the study and what is entailed in taking part. Information that is relevant here covers the aim of the study, why the person has been contacted, who is behind the study, what is entailed in taking part from the participant’s perspective, what happens to the personal data and samples if the person chooses to take part, how this data is protected, etc.
If personal data is involved in the research, which is normally the case, you must provide information on the person’s rights according to the GDPR.
Every year, large numbers of biological samples are deposited in biobanks. This usually takes place for clinical purposes that benefit the patient, but the samples may also be used in research.
Do you have any questions regarding research ethics regulations?
Research Ethics Advisor/Research Integrity Officer
forskningsetik [at] lu [dot] se