The Nuremberg Code

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The Nuremberg Code

What is this about?

The Nuremberg Code was created in 1946 and as a result of the Nuremberg doctors trials, wherein 23 Nazi defendants were trialled for war crimes and crimes against humanity. The code lays out 10 standards to which researchers need to adhere before conducting experiments. The concept of voluntary informed consent is explained in the first standard, and endorced worldwide after the publication of the code.

Why is this important?

The Nuremberg Code has both historical and ethical importance. Although it does not cary the force of law, it is the first international document which advocated voluntary participation and informed consent.

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