November 2005

The Academy has endorsed the 2005 Inter Academy Panel (IAP) statement on biosecurity. The statement recognises that scientists have an obligation to do no harm, and to take into consideration the reasonably foreseeable consequences of their own activities. As part of the statement, the IAP has developed a set of fundamental principles that scientists can use to formulate new codes of conduct to help avoid the potential misuse of science and technology. The principles address five fundamental issues facing scientists working in the biosciences: awareness, safety and security, education and information, accountability, and oversight.

A full copy of the statement is available from the IAP website.

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