for International Paranormal Research
and Investigation Standards (CIPRIS)
Commissioned by ParaNexus.org
This document is intended to serve as a foundation of ethical and
professional standards for ParaNexus members, Certified ParaNexus
Field Investigators (CPFI), and other anomalous researchers and
investigators in conducting professional anomalous investigations.
This document primarily addresses the fields of Parapsychology
(including hauntings), Ufology, and alien abductions. It also
provides a basis to promote the continuity of professional standards
and practices used throughout the anomalous research community as a
To provide a
recommended set of ethical standards, guidelines, and procedures as
a model to enhance professional behavior, scientific practices, and
better continuity within the evolving field of the paranormal
CIPRIS’ APPROACH TO
(pronounced "Cyprus") Committee members gathered and objectively reviewed a collection
of best practices from reputable research organizations and blended
these with CIPRIS members’ own best practices. The result serves as
an approved list of standards that others can use as a basis for
developing their own Standards and Protocols, or as an overlay in
the case that such Standards and Protocols already exist.
The CIPRIS Committee is comprised of the ParaNexus Board of
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The contents of
this document were largely based on the standards and protocols
developed by the participating Committee members. The structure of
this document as well as some definitions and items were inspired by
The Code of Practice for UFO Investigators developed by a
consortium of British UFO research organizations in the 1980’s and
freely available with an online search.
Committee shall meet once each quarter contingent upon necessity to
review this document. As a result, this document may be amended,
altered, or repealed by the CIPRIS Committee at any time. Notice
will be published on www.ParaNexus.org if and when such amendments
occur. ParaNexus members may make suggestions for inclusions or
other amendments by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
COPYRIGHT AND FAIR
This document is
Copyright © 2009-2010 by ParaNexus.org. Permission is granted for this
document to be distributed or copied provided that its inherent
content and structure is not modified, altered, or changed in any
way. All sections of this document constitute the entirety and must
be included in any distribution or publication.
also granted to investigative and research organizations and
individuals for use in the development and/or construction of
proprietary standards and protocols. Appropriate attribution is
requested and expected by adding the following statement:
this document, in whole or in part, were based upon the
International Standards for Anomalous Investigations developed
by the Committee for International Paranormal Research and
Investigation Standards (CIPRIS) and commissioned by ParaNexus.
More information is available at www.ParaNexus.org.”