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AfRE uses the following criteria when selecting links:

  • The site must contain accurate, current information – updated at least annually.
  • The content of the site should ideally be within the scope of promoting excellence in research ethics in human beings.
  • No site that sells a product other than health related information will be included.
  • The site must have information available in English

Although AfRE has carefully selected these sites, being linked does not imply that AfRE subscribes to all the content included in the sites.

Absence of a site from this list does not imply disapproval by AfRE.

Ethics and Integrity

ESRC Framework for Research Ethics website is now live

Montreal Statement on Research Integrity in Cross-Boundary Research Collaborations http://www.cehd.umn.edu/olpd/MontrealStatement.pdf

ORI – The Office of Research Integrity https://ori.hhs.gov/

Singapore Statement on Research Integrity http://www.singaporestatement.org/

The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) http://www.ascb.org/dora/

UKRIO- The UK Research Integrity Office http://ukrio.org/


Funding bodies and Research councils

Economic and Social Research Council http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding/guidance-for-applicants/research-ethics/

Higher Education Funding Council for England  http://www.hefce.ac.uk/rsrch/integrity/

Medical Research Council http://www.mrc.ac.uk/research/research-policy-ethics/

Research Councils UK http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/search/?q=ethics

Wellcome Trust http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/About-us/Publications/Reports/Education/WTP057708.htm


Learned societies/ professional bodies/ international organisations

Association for Research Managers and Administrators https://www.arma.ac.uk/

British Psychological Society http://www.bps.org.uk/what-we-do/ethics-standards/ethics-standards

Nuffield Council on Bioethics http://nuffieldbioethics.org/

Unicef. Ethical Research Involving Children http://www.unicef-irc.org/KM/ERIC/


Publication ethics
Committee of Publication Ethics http://www.publicationethics.org/
Council of Science Editors www.councilscienceeditors.org
European Association of Science Editors http://www.ease.org.uk/
International Committee of Medical Journal Editors http://www.icmje.org
Retraction watch http://retractionwatch.wordpress.com/

Regulatory organizations and clinical trial registration
ClinicalTrials.gov https://clinicaltrials.gov/

European Medicines agency http://www.ema.europa.eu/ema/
Health Research Authority http://www.hra.nhs.uk/  Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/medicines-and-healthcare-products-regulatory-agency

National Institutes of Health http://www.nih.gov/

US Food and Drug Administration http://www.fda.gov/default.htm


Reporting guidelines

Equator Network  www.equator-network.org/

Good Publication Practice for Communicating Company-Sponsored Medical Research: GPP3




Brunel University  http://www.brunel.ac.uk/about/administration/governance-and-university-committees/university-committees/research-ethics-committee

Cardiff University http://www.caerdydd.ac.uk/racdv/ethics/urec/

King’s College London http://www.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/research/support/ethics/applications/apply.aspx

Manchester University http://www.manchester.ac.uk/research/environment/governance/ethics/

Napier University http://www.ethics.napier.ac.uk/wiki/Main_Page

Newcastle University http://www.ncl.ac.uk/res/research/ethics_governance/ethics/procedures/university/ethics_university.htm

Open University http://www.open.ac.uk/research/ethics/

Sheffield Hallam University http://www.shu.ac.uk/research/ethics/

Universities UK http://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/Pages/default.aspx

University College London http://ethics.grad.ucl.ac.uk/

University of Bristol  http://www.bristol.ac.uk/red/research-governance/ethics/

University of Edinburgh http://www.ed.ac.uk/education/rke/research-support/ethical-approval

University of Glasgow  http://www.gla.ac.uk/research/aims/ourpolicies/ethics/

University of Portsmouth  www.port.ac.uk/research/ethics/  (links not working at the moment)

University of Sheffield https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ris/other/gov-ethics/ethicspolicy

University of Southampton http://www.southampton.ac.uk/ris/policies/ethics.html

University of Warwick http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/ris/research_integrity/humanparticipants_material_data/


UK University Research Ethics Committees Forum

The UK University Research Ethics Committees Forum is an informal group which provides a forum for those involved in Research Ethics within universities to meet and share experience.


A Blog by Richard Rowson for people interested in ethics in professions and public life

This site is for people interested in ethics in professions and public life. It aims to help you develop a practical working ethic.

The International Network for Philosophy and Bioethics (INPAB)

This Site compiles and collates the journal table of contents for most major bioethics, ethics, political philosophy and general philosophy journals.

Cardiff Centre for Ethics, Law and Society

Led by Cardiff Law School and based at Cardiff University, this virtual centre connects researchers and practitioners in medicine, science, information technology, the social sciences and humanities.

Ethics Matters

Dedicated to promoting the thoughtful discussion of difficult moral issues

Global Forum on Bioethics in Research

An informal partnership established by a number of organizations with a shared interest in the ethics of conducting research involving human beings in developing countries.

National Reference Centre for Bioethics Literature

Journal articles, book chapters, bills, laws, court decisions, reports, books, audiovisuals, and news articles relating to bioethics and professional ethics.

The Institutional Review Board – Discussion and News Forum

Promotes the discussion of ethical, regulatory and policy concerns with human subjects research.

Privacy in Research Ethics and Law

PRIVIREAL is a EUROPEAN COMMISSION Framework 5 funded project examining the implementation of the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC in relation to medical research and the role of ethics committees.

Philosophy and Bioethics

This is the Blog of the International Network for Philosophy and Bioethics and aims to provide a focus point to discuss both philosophy, bioethics and their inter-relation.

British Pregnancy Advisory Service

BPAS is at the forefront of innovation in abortion in the UK. Its research programme is monitored by the Research and Ethics Committee.

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