The ERA-EDTA is strongly committed towards ethics in all the fields of interest of the Association. It strongly supports both the Declaration of Helsinki (regarding research ethics done on humans) as well as the Declaration of Istanbul (regarding organ trafficking and transplant tourism).
Membership can be denied, and active members can be removed, if there is a clear evidence of violation of these declarations.
The ERA-EDTA body in charge of inquiring about alleged violations is the ERA-EDTA Council.
ERA-EDTA members, but in particular its trustees, volunteers and staff members must adhere strictly to the following rules:
At all times they will comply with all applicable laws related to bribery, corruption and related matters;
If sentenced by any Court for any offence which may affect ERA-EDTA or cause damages (including reputational damages) to ERA-EDTA (for such purpose, a plea-agreement or any similar alternative is considered equal to a Criminal Court decision: a first instance decision is equal to a final judgment), they must immediately resign from any position within any ERA-EDTA Committee/Board/Council, etc. and also from being an ERA-EDTA member. They can re-apply as an ERA-EDTA member only after the eventual sentence time has passed, but they will no longer be eligible for any position within any of the ERA-EDTA Committees/Boards/Council, etc. for at least 10 years: however, taking into account the interest of ERA-EDTA in connection with the seriousness of the charges, the ERA-EDTA Council can decide to extend this 10-year ban;
They will not offer, promise, pay, give or authorise (tacitly or otherwise) any financial or other advantage on behalf of the Association or appearing on behalf of the Association to any person in order to induce that person improperly to perform a function or activity in connection with a business organisation, a person’s employment of a public function; or to any Official to influence that Official in connection with obtaining business or a business advantage for the Association. An Official is an individual who holds a legislative, administrative, or judicial position of any kind of any country or territory, or any subdivision of any country or territory; any person who performs public functions in any branch of any national local or municipal government or who exercises a public function for any public agency or public enterprise; and an official or agent of a public international organisation, such as the UN or the WHO; and an officer official or agent of an association or society, local, national or international;
They must avoid personal and professional misconduct that may affect ERA-EDTA or cause damages to its reputation;
They must not speak in the name of ERA-EDTA, or use its logo, without authorisation, and, in any event, not use ERA-EDTA membership as a means of conveying a level of competency or professional standards;
They must not discriminate against, bully or harass others on the basis of: cultural and role difference, including (but not exclusively) those involving age, disability, education, ethnicity, gender, language, national origin, political beliefs, race, religion, sexual orientation, marital or family status and socio-economic status;
They must respect the individual and collective rights to privacy and maintain confidentiality in compliance with applicable regulations;
All activities in the name of ERA-EDTA must be consistent with ERA-EDTA’s vision, strategic objectives and the principles outlined in this code. If a conflict of interest does arise, the individual must inform the ERA-EDTA President immediately the matter becomes apparent and must take the following actions: (i) abstain from the relevant activity; (ii) declare the conflict of interest; or (iii) stand down/withdraw from the activity;
Failure to do so, may lead to the imposition of actions, including a ban to ERA-EDTA events or activities and ultimately termination of membership.