Council of Scientific Society Presidents Request Feedback on Ethics Issues

The Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP) is an organization representing the expansive fields of science and engineering through its member societies and federations (Society of Toxicology included) that together count more than a million members around the world. Recently, two matters have been brought to the attention of the CSSP Ethics Committee who wish to determine if these incidents are isolated in nature or are matters of broader concern. 

Issue #1:  Have you encountered an example of the repression of a federal scientist’s research by his/her agency because the topic of the research was deemed a “sensitive issue?”

Issue#2:  Have you encountered any examples of bias in accepting scientific results based on the source of funding of the research?

Members with any examples of these two concerns are encouraged to write to  It is requested that all examples not include any identifying information in the submission, which is due by Friday, June 26. With the received responses, this committee will determine if a CSSP Policy Statement on either issue is warranted. You may view the request by the CSSP Ethics Committee in its entirety online.


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