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Code of Ethics

Preamble

The objective of the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention is to stimulate scientific interest in and to promote the exchange of ideas and information on problems of abnormal biological development at the fundamental or clinical level. The mission of the Society is to understand the cause and pathogenesis of structural and functional birth defects, developmental delays, perinatal death, and other disorders of developmental and reproductive origin in order to prevent their occurrence and improve diagnosis and treatment by promoting multi-disciplinary research and exchange of ideas; communicating information to health professionals, decision-makers, and the public; and providing education and training.

Code of Ethics

As a member of the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention, I shall:

  1. Strive to assure credibility by conducting my work and myself with objectivity and integrity.
  2. Communicate information with potential or real health implications expeditiously and responsibly, with due regard for the significance and credibility of the available data.
  3. Present my scientific or professional judgments with full disclosure of the extent of factual support.
  4. Not allow conflict of interest to influence my judgment.
  5. Observe the spirit and letter of the laws, regulations, and ethical standards relating to the welfare of humans and animals involved in experimental or clinical procedures.
  6. Maintain high health and safety standards for the protection of my experimental subjects, co-workers, and others.
  7. Adhere to the Guidelines for Ethical Publication and Presentation of Scientific Information and Data as published in the journal.

Adherence to the Code of Ethics is a condition of membership in the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention.

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