A scientist examining three test tubes

High ethical research standards underpin our
continued drive for innovation.

Research ethics

We want to be recognised for our high quality science and for the impact we can make on serious disease – and to be trusted for the way in which we do that. This means setting and living up to high standards of ethical practice across all aspects of our research activity worldwide.

It starts with our Code of Conduct, which requires that our research is conducted in accordance with all relevant external laws and regulations. Our Code also requires compliance with our Bioethics Policy, which describes our commitment beyond legal compliance and defines the ethical standards, principles and behaviours governing all our research and development (R&D) activity worldwide.

Our commitment to high ethical standards of R&D applies not only to our R&D functions (globally and in our marketing companies), but also to supporting functions such as purchasing, business development and legal. They also apply to all third parties who carry out work on our behalf.

Our governance

The leaders accountable for our R&D functions make any top level decisions around our R&D policies and bioethical principles. They are advised by our Bioethics Advisory Group (BAG).  BAG is made up of AstraZeneca subject matter experts from all the areas covered in our Bioethics Policy, including Compliance and Legal. BAG will also consult external bioethics experts on new and emerging issues, as required.

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Animal research

We are committed to the responsible use of animals and the welfare of the animals we use is a top priority.

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Clinical trials

Our top priority is to make sure that that those taking part in our studies are not exposed to any unnecessary risks.

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