Code of Ethics
Board of Directors
Societies and Associations
Members of the Society for In Vitro Biology, herein referred
to as The Society or SIVB, will abide by the following standards
of Professional and Personal Ethics:
- Maintain objectivity, integrity, and competence in meeting
the highest standards of the profession. Respect the intellectual
property of others (collaborators, students, authors of papers
and grants) and acknowledge appropriate credit to sources of
ideas used in research or product development projects that
can lead to the granting of patents. Abstain from evaluations
of grants or manuscripts when past associations would compromise
- Do not speak on behalf of the Society without written authorization
from the Board of Directors.
- Respect the use of animal subjects used in all research and
development projects according to all applicable laws (including
the Animal Welfare Act) and regulations, including the latest
version of the U.S. Public Health Service Policy on the Humane
Care of Laboratory Animals. Adhere to projects and procedures
approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee.
- Respect the use of human subjects used in all research and
development projects and clinical trials according to all applicable
laws and regulations. Provide full and clear disclosure to candidate
human subjects of risks and benefits. Adhere to procedures approved
by the Institutional Review Board for specific projects and/or
- Promote equal access to employment, educational opportunity
and professional assistance by avoiding discrimination based
upon race, creed, gender, religion, national origin, or age.
Act civilly and with respect towards all people.
- Adhere to professionally accepted guidelines and standards
(i.e. avoid sensationalism, inaccuracies, or false or misleading
claims) in informing both the scientific community and the general
public about research results or professional services.
- Avoid betrayal of public trust in the broader scientific
community in any referral system; for example, if a conflict
of interest exists, or if the referral would inordinately exclude
- Expose fraud and professional misconduct whenever found.
- Society officers and members of the Board of Directors, given
the special responsibilities and obligations associated with
their leadership positions, will adhere to these additional
- Participate actively in assigned duties in a timely manner
- Exercise professional courtesy and civility at all times
to other Board members, other Society members, and Society Business
- Act only within the parameters of designated duties.
- Act only according to Board consensus [when Board approval
is prerequisite for action].