DOE Worker Health-Related Studies and Programs

Professional Codes for Conducting Worker Studies

American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
An organization of more than 5,000 physicians and other health care professionals specializing in the field of occupational and environmental medicine. Founded in 1916, ACOEM is the nation's largest medical society dedicated to promoting the health of workers through preventive medicine, clinical care, research, and education. ACOEM has endorsed the Medical Review Officer Certification Council's Code of Ethics.

American Medical Association's Code of Medical Ethics
The Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs maintains and updates the AMA's Code of Medical Ethics. First developed in 1847, the Code undergoes regular revisions and is the most comprehensive ethics guide for physicians.

Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences, International Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research Involving Human Subjects
The guidelines relate mainly to ethical justification and scientific validity of research; ethical review; informed consent; vulnerability ­ of individuals, groups, communities and populations; women as research subjects; equity regarding burdens and benefits; choice of control in clinical trials; confidentiality; compensation for injury; strengthening of national or local capacity for ethical review; and obligations of sponsors to provide health-care services.

Hippocratic Oath
Perhaps the most widely known of Greek medical texts, this oath requires a new physician to swear upon a number of healing gods that he will uphold a number of professional ethical standards. One of the best known prohibitions is "to do no harm."

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Code of Ethics
This society focuses on the interface of humans with their natural, residential, recreational, and vocational environments and the procedures, practices, and design considerations that increase a human's performance and safety at those interfaces.

International Society for Environmental Epidemiology Code of Ethics
This society provides a forum for the discussion of problems unique to the study of health and the environment. With membership open to environmental epidemiologists and other scientists worldwide, ISEE provides a variety of forums for discussions, critical reviews, collaborations and education on issues of environmental exposures and their human health effects.

National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics
The NASW code is intended to serve as a guide to the everyday professional conduct of social workers. NASW is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world.

Content reviewed: May 7, 2012