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PRCTRC Code of Ethical Conduct

In the context of scientific investigations, ethical conduct is the expression of a behavior that is coherent with the development of new knowledge, knowledge that is gained through veracity, teamwork and transparency. Our society relies and places clear responsibility on investigators to expand human knowledge; it also places accountability to the scientific community to uphold the highest ethical standards. Thus our commitment to a code of ethics is ultimately a commitment to the needs of our society.

The work of an investigator seeks the truth of a physical reality. This by itself imposes the obligation to maintain a high standard of veracity on each and every one of the phases of the research endeavors from the generation of hypothesis to the communication of the results. The expression of an ethical code needs to have a place in our hearts. The code of Ethics presented below represents the norms of conduct that we, as individuals and scientists, will uphold in representation of the PR-CTRC.

As members of the PR-CTRC we understand and value the following principles:

Fundamental Tenets of Ethical Research:

A. Freedom, only truth determines science:

  1. Autonomy in the methodological process.

  2. Neutrality in the problem proposition

  3. Neutrality in the interpretation of data

  4. Objectivity in the scientific process

  5. Constructive criticism of valid knowledge

B. With freedom there is responsibility in:

  1. The process of conducting and applying research findings

  2. Communicating findings

  3. Admitting error

  4. Expressing reservations on particular issues

  5. Ensuring the veracity of information vi. Understanding the basic tenets of research misconduct (defined below)

Professional Attitude:

A. Adhere to the goals and objectives of the Consortium:

  1. Understand the mission and the multiple initiatives the Consortium is sponsoring

  2. Understand our Roles and Responsibilities within the Consortium as a whole and with each project we are working with.

  3. Contribute to the positive image of the Consortium and the Academic Institutions

  4. Display an attitude of Respectfulness, Honesty and Trust between our internal/external collaborators and workers.

B. Responsibility:

  1. Express discipline in our work and self learning habits

  2. To optimize the fiscal resources available to us

  3. To fulfill the obligations entrusted to us

  4. To work for the common good

Teamwork Initiative:

  1. To contribute, create, innovate, improve and support the activities and the processes which are intrinsic to established projects and those that are in development.

  2. To contribute towards an atmosphere of harmony within the Consortium fomenting positive interpersonal relations

  3. To contribute towards developing a culture of dialogue and conflict resolution

  4. To be proactive in the team work

  5. To generate constructive criticisms in an atmosphere of rational thinking

Norms for the Conduct of Investigation:

  1. Understand our role as investigators in the context of human beings as subjects.

  2. Take a course of Human Rights Protection during research offered by Citi program

  3. Comply with the full process of informed Consent for study participants

  4. Follow the guidelines of authorship and data sharing as established by the Consortium




The project is supported by grant U54 RR 026139-01A1 (RCMI Clinical and Translational Research award, University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus) from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of NCRR or NIH.


The Puerto Rico Clinical and Translational Research Consortium is a collaborative project of the the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus, Universidad Central del Caribe and Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences.