An ethical code of conduct for the non-proliferation of biological agents among Malaysian businesses

Marina Abdul Majid, Nor Anita Abdullah

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Abstract

Currently, export control monitoring of the proliferation of biological agents in Malaysia falls within the ambit of the Strategic Trade Act 2010 (STA 2010), a law drafted by Malaysia's Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI). At the same time, businesses in Malaysia have not gone so far as to initiate an ethical code of conduct to prevent biological agents from being proliferated for bioterrorism. Beneficence provides the ethical foundation for these relevant businesses to prevent bioterrorism. For that reason, this study has the objective of exploring best practices that can be turned into an ethical code of conduct for commercial culture collection businesses in Malaysia, guiding them to prevent biological agents from being proliferated for bioterrorism. The methodology for this study is qualitative based on primary sources such as legislations and international organizational documents as well as secondary sources-all of which are collated and examined through a content analysis. The results of this study indicate lessons learned from the nuclear industry that ought to be incorporated in the envisioned ethical code of conduct such as sharing illicit request information of biological agents among all parties, detection methods, reasons for refusal, personal particulars of requesters, and conducting transactions among peers that adhere to the non-proliferation of biological agents. The Business Ethic Institute of Malaysia (BEIM) and MITI can introduce, create awareness of, and draft a model ethical code of conduct for the non-proliferation of biological agents to guide commercial culture collection businesses in Malaysia.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2nd International Symposium on Technology Management and Emerging Technologies, ISTMET 2015 - Proceeding
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages285-290
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781479917235
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Dec 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event2nd International Symposium on Technology Management and Emerging Technologies, ISTMET 2015 - Langkawi, Malaysia
Duration: 25 Aug 201527 Aug 2015

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Other2nd International Symposium on Technology Management and Emerging Technologies, ISTMET 2015
CountryMalaysia
CityLangkawi
Period25/8/1527/8/15

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Keywords

  • biological agent
  • Biological Toxin and Weapons Convention (BTWC)
  • bioterrorism
  • commercial culture collection businesses
  • ethical code of conduct
  • Resolution 1540
  • Strategic Trade Act 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Health Informatics
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)

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Abdul Majid, M., & Abdullah, N. A. (2015). An ethical code of conduct for the non-proliferation of biological agents among Malaysian businesses. In 2nd International Symposium on Technology Management and Emerging Technologies, ISTMET 2015 - Proceeding (pp. 285-290). [7359045] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ISTMET.2015.7359045

An ethical code of conduct for the non-proliferation of biological agents among Malaysian businesses. / Abdul Majid, Marina; Abdullah, Nor Anita.

2nd International Symposium on Technology Management and Emerging Technologies, ISTMET 2015 - Proceeding. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2015. p. 285-290 7359045.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Abdul Majid, M & Abdullah, NA 2015, An ethical code of conduct for the non-proliferation of biological agents among Malaysian businesses. in 2nd International Symposium on Technology Management and Emerging Technologies, ISTMET 2015 - Proceeding., 7359045, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., pp. 285-290, 2nd International Symposium on Technology Management and Emerging Technologies, ISTMET 2015, Langkawi, Malaysia, 25/8/15. https://doi.org/10.1109/ISTMET.2015.7359045
Abdul Majid M, Abdullah NA. An ethical code of conduct for the non-proliferation of biological agents among Malaysian businesses. In 2nd International Symposium on Technology Management and Emerging Technologies, ISTMET 2015 - Proceeding. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. 2015. p. 285-290. 7359045 https://doi.org/10.1109/ISTMET.2015.7359045
Abdul Majid, Marina ; Abdullah, Nor Anita. / An ethical code of conduct for the non-proliferation of biological agents among Malaysian businesses. 2nd International Symposium on Technology Management and Emerging Technologies, ISTMET 2015 - Proceeding. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2015. pp. 285-290
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