Ethics

The partners and fellows of MedPlant are committed to uphold the highest standards of scientific integrity and ethical conduct during their work. It is the responsibility of MedPlant partners to ensure that approvals by appropriate local and/or national Ethics Committees and relevant authorizations are obtained. The ethical standards and guidelines of FP7 must be rigorously applied, regardless of the country in which the research is carried out.

MedPlant has identified ethical issues and implemented relevant structures and activities to follow the highest standards in all MedPlant activities, and at the same time train all fellows in ethical conduct of research. The fellows will be trained in Responsible Conduct of Research based on a mandatory course provided to all PhD students at the University of Copenhagen. Based on this course, the fellows have written a short section in their individual career plans about identifying ethical issues and steps to be taken in relation their individual project.
Also, at the 1st summer school, the fellows will receive a week of training in how to conduct ethnobotanical fieldworks. This course will also address ethical issues. All fellows will specifically receive training in how to understand and comply with international regulations before they will potentially conduct their own fieldwork.

We will ensure permits and compliance with international conventions such as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) as well as all relevant National and European regulations.

Some of the projects will involve interviewing people about their medicinal plants, and International, European and National guidelines and conventions will be followed. The selection of the participants in field studies, validation, and procedures for obtaining informed consent will be addressed before commencement of any ethnobotanical fieldwork or other research involving collection of human data. The International Society of Ethnobiology (ISE) code of Ethics: ethnobiology.net/code-of-ethics/ will be followed.