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09 June 2005
This paper outlines the Royal Society's position on the roles of codes of conduct in preventing the misuse of scientific research, building on the Society's previous publications on the subject. This paper also discusses methods that complement codes of conduct in preventing the misuse of science, including training and the extension of existing regulations. Other aspects of scientific conduct, such as scientific fraud and the public responsibilities of scientists, are not addressed in this paper.
The key points made in this paper are as follows.
Codes of conduct for scientists will be discussed at the June 2005 Meeting of Experts of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC). The Society has produced a separate paper on the issues to be discussed at this Meeting.
The Royal Society issued a press release highlighting these papers on 9 June 2005
Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention website
OECD biosecurity codes website
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