Code of Ethics
of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) are expected
to exhibit the highest standards of integrity and professionalism. To ensure a
strong and successful organization, our activities require honesty and equity
and should reflect well on the Society. In the spirit of promoting Environmental
Quality Through Science®, members should strive to be good stewards of
environmental resources and effective and objective contributors to the
environmental discussion globally as well as locally.
behavior and integrity are also expected of every attendee (members and
non-members alike) of SETAC meetings, workshops and activities.
member and all persons participating in SETAC meetings and activities are bound
by this Code of Ethics and should:
- Conduct themselves responsibly, objectively, lawfully
and in a non-discriminatory manner.
- Ensure that presentations during Society-sponsored
events and other communications are restricted to, and based on scientific
principles and made in a respectful manner.
- Respect the rights, interests, and contributions of
- Respect intellectual property and provide appropriate
attribution for all intellectual property arising elsewhere.
- Declare and avoid conflicts of interest
- Not knowingly make false or misleading statements, or
engage in activities that could be viewed as defamatory about a
professional colleague or an organization.
- Recognize and respect confidentiality while being
honest and forthcoming in all issues of public record.
- Objectively and clearly communicate scientific methods,
understanding and knowledge in a professional manner
- Conduct research and related activities so as to avoid
or minimize adverse environmental effects of that research, and ensure
compliance with legal requirements for protection of researchers, human
subjects, and research organisms and systems.
Animals in Research Guidance Statement
with our long-standing interests in environmental protection, conservation,
education, research, and the general well-being of organisms (animals and
plants), the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry supports the
following principles (in accordance with applicable country-specific laws and
- Respect for all life forms and systems is an inherent
characteristic of environmental professionals; the respectful treatment of
organisms is both an ethical and a scientific necessity.
- Methods designed to reduce, refine, or replace the need
for experimental organisms are advocated.
- In the absence of data, research with experimental
organisms is the most reliable means of identifying toxic properties of
chemicals and other environmental stressors and for establishing risks to
- Care must be exercised to avoid introduction of
exotic/non-indigenous organisms to natural environments.