Advances in the biological sciences bring about wellbeing for humanity, but the same advances could be misused, particularly for the development and proliferation of biological weapons. To promote a culture of responsibility and guard against such misuse, all scientists, research institutions, and governments are encouraged to incorporate elements from the Tianjin Biosecurity Guidelines for Codes of Conduct for Scientists in their national and institutional practices, protocols, and regulations.
The ultimate aim is to prevent misuse of bioscience research without hindering beneficial outcomes, in accordance with the articles and norms of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC), and in advancement of progress towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The Tianjin Biosecurity Guidelines for Codes of Conduct for Scientists focus on the prevention of intentional misuse of bioscience research, as per the articles and norms of the BWC, though the prevention of unintentional harm is equally important and closely intertwined. With the inclusion and implementation of elements from the Tianjin Biosecurity Guidelines for Codes of Conduct for Scientists, institutions, professional organizations, and all scientists can increase biosecurity and minimize risks of misuse and harm.