Code of Conduct

SETAC is committed to ethical professional conduct. To ensure Environmental Quality through Science®, SETAC meetings serve as open forums for environmental professionals to present the findings of their scientific research. The opinions and ideas expressed are those of the individual, not of the Society.

By encouraging open discussion and exchange of ideas, SETAC meetings help bring the scientific weight-of-evidence to bear in answering environmental toxicology and chemistry questions. Only through support by data and peer-reviewed publications do scientific findings stand the test of time. Ultimately, these findings are accepted or rejected by an individual’s peers, not by an organization like SETAC.

Presenters at all SETAC meetings worldwide are expected to be civil and to be professional in their words and actions. When you submit an abstract to SETAC, you agree to meet these expectations. SETAC reserves the right to suspend the privileges of presenting at SETAC meetings if such presenters are deemed to be in violation of the code of conduct rules.

Each member and all persons participating in SETAC meetings and activities are bound by this Code of Ethics and should:

  • Conduct themselves responsibly, objectively, lawfully and in a non-discriminatory manner.
  • Ensure that presentations during Society-sponsored events and other communications are restricted to, and based on scientific principles and made in a respectful manner.
  • Respect the rights, interests, and contributions of professional colleagues.
  • Respect intellectual property and provide appropriate attribution for all intellectual property arising elsewhere.
  • Declare and avoid conflicts of interest
  • Not knowingly make false or misleading statement(s), or engage in activities that could be viewed as defamatory about a professional colleague or an organization.
  • Recognize and respect confidentiality while being honest and forthcoming in all issues of public record.
  • Objectively and clearly communicate scientific methods, understanding and knowledge in a professional  manner
  • Conduct research and related activities so as to avoid or minimize adverse environmental effects of that research, and ensure compliance with legal requirements for protection of researchers, human subjects, and research organisms and systems.