UKRI is committed to supporting ethical research and responsible innovation during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The WHO, UNESCO and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, have produced ethics guidance on adapting to emergency contexts:
- Guidance for managing ethical issues in infectious disease, WHO, 27 October 2016
- Research in Global Health Emergencies, Nuffield Council on Bioethics, 28 January 2020
Some organisations have also accelerated their ethics approval processes for researchers working during emergencies.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need further signposting to resources on ethics.
Key resources and guidance:
- The Global Health Network – epidemics ethics resources
- Nuffield Council on Bioethics: Research in global health emergencies: ethical issues
- World Health Organization: Guidance for managing ethical issues in infectious disease (World Health Organization website, published October 27, 2016)
- Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences – International ethical guidelines for health-related research involving humans (PDF, 890KB)
- NHS Health Research Authority – COVID-19 research
- MHRA regulatory flexibilities resulting from coronavirus (COVID-19)
- NC3Rs and the 3Rs during COVID-19
- UKCDR: Safeguarding during COVID-19
- Ensuring that COVID-19 Research is Inclusive: Guidance from the NIHR CRN INCLUDE project