Code of Conduct for the use of Animals for Scientific Purposes in Antarctica (June 2019)
ATCM XLII and CEP XXII 2019, Prague, Czech Republic
The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Code of Conduct (CoC) provides guiding principles to the scientific community for research involving animals. Moreover, this CoC provides the ethical framework and details the responsibilities of Antarctic investigators, institutions, and the animal ethics committees overseeing the research, and outlines individual and institutional accountability. This Code of Conduct should be read in concert with Annex II of the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty, which provides guidance on the killing, capturing and handling (“taking”) of native fauna and aims to provide guidance on the interpretation of Article 3 paragraph 6 of this Annex. Additional, taxon-specific guidelines also exist.