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Ethics guidelines for environmental epidemiologists

Etzel, Ruth A.; Abbas, Nivine H.; Anastario, Michael P.; Mustapha, Adetoun; Osuolale, Olayinka; Sarkar, Atanu; Soyiri, Ireneous N.; Whaibeh, Emile; Soskolne, Colin L.


Ruth A. Etzel

Nivine H. Abbas

Michael P. Anastario

Adetoun Mustapha

Olayinka Osuolale

Atanu Sarkar

Emile Whaibeh

Colin L. Soskolne


Recognition of the importance to environmental epidemiology of ethical and philosophical deliberation led, in 1996, to the establishment of Ethics Guidelines for the profession. In 1999, these guidelines were adopted by the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology. The guidelines were revised in 2012 and again in 2023 to ensure continued relevance to the major issues facing the field. Comprising normative standards of professional conduct, the guidelines are structured into four subsections: (1) obligations to individuals and communities who participate in research; (2) obligations to society; (3) obligations regarding funders/ sponsors and employers; and (4) obligations to colleagues. Through the 2023 revision of the Ethics Guidelines, the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology seeks to ensure the highest possible standards of transparency and accountability for the ethical conduct of environmental epidemiologists engaged in research and public health practice.


Etzel, R. A., Abbas, N. H., Anastario, M. P., Mustapha, A., Osuolale, O., Sarkar, A., …Soskolne, C. L. (2024). Ethics guidelines for environmental epidemiologists. Environmental Epidemiology, 8(2), Article E299.

Journal Article Type Review
Acceptance Date Feb 12, 2024
Online Publication Date Mar 12, 2024
Publication Date Apr 12, 2024
Deposit Date Apr 1, 2024
Publicly Available Date Apr 2, 2024
Journal Environmental Epidemiology
Electronic ISSN 2474-7882
Publisher Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 8
Issue 2
Article Number E299
Keywords Accountability; Community engagement; Conflict of interest; Institutional review board; Community-based participatory research; Professional standards; Normative standards of practice
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Copyright © 2024 The Authors. Published by Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. on behalf of The Environmental Epidemiology. All rights reserved. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0 (CCBY), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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