What is the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research?
The Code was developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NH&MRC), the Australian Research Council (ARC) and Universities Australia. Published in 2007, it replaced an older version and introduced the importance of data management for the first time. The Code provides a guide to responsible research practice and covers a wide range of topics associated with research: the management of research data and associated materials, the publication and dissemination of research finding, peer review, conflict of interest, collaboration, research misconduct and breaches of the Code. The Code can be found at http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines/publications/r3.
The Code covers all activities related to research including the creation, sharing and management of data. These include:
Institutions are to retain research data, provide secure data storage, identify ownership, and ensure security and confidentiality of research data
Researchers are to retain research data and primary materials, manage storage of research data and primary materials, maintain confidentiality of research data and primary materials.