Building and implementing a multi-level system of ethical code for biologists under the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) of the United Nations

Xue, Yang, Shang, Lijun and Zhang, Weiwen (2021) Building and implementing a multi-level system of ethical code for biologists under the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) of the United Nations. Journal of Biosafety and Biosecurity, 3 (2). pp. 108-119. ISSN 2588-9338

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jobb.2021.09.001

Abstract / Description

The recent global COVID-19 pandemic has had profound economic and social impacts on the world. It has highlighted an urgent need to strengthen existing international biosecurity governance mechanisms to prevent the misuse and malicious abuse of life science research and maintain international biological arms control norms. Biologists are at the front line of biotechnology development and are key to maintaining biosecurity awareness and moral self-discipline. As an important first step, biologists need to actively participate in the formulation and implementation of relevant biosecurity policies and measures to ensure their effectiveness and sustainability. Furthermore, efforts should be made to advocate for and promote the establishment of an ethical code of conduct for biologists to share safety responsibilities for global biosecurity. To maximize the impact of this ethical code of conduct, an effective approach to implementing codes of conduct for biologists at both national and international levels should be established under the framework of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC).

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: biologists; BTWC; ethical code; international level; domestic level
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
500 Natural Sciences and Mathematics > 570 Life sciences; biology
Department: School of Human Sciences
Depositing User: Lijun Shang
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2021 08:51
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2021 08:51
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/7054

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