Ethics Guidelines

Good ethical practice in social research is vital to:

  • protect research subjects,
  • ensure high quality research,
  • reassure funders,
  • help to maintain the good reputation of our sector, and
  • comply with legislation.

To help you maintain good practice, we have created these Ethics Guidelines (pdf).

SRA members with a research ethics issue/concern can put it to our Ethics Forum.


Further sources of information on social research ethics

The SRA was a key partner in the development of a Code of Practice for the European Commission - the RESPECT project. Download a copy of the RESPECT code  (pdf).

The website of the Association of Research Ethics Committees (AREC).

The guidance and links on the website of King’s College London.

The Market Research Society website, featuring their code of conduct, and details of their ethics forum that meets regularly to consider topical issues.