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Enquiries from individuals

Individuals, such as members of the public, research participants, patients, researchers and students, access UKRIO’s advisory service free of charge. Please fill out the form below.

Enquiries on behalf of an organisation

Organisations which subscribe to UKRIO can use the form to get advice from us. Alternatively, they may contact UKRIO staff direct using the contact details we provided to them on subscribing.

Organisations which have not subscribed to UKRIO may make an initial contact in confidence at no charge using the form below. Further follow-up is at UKRIO’s discretion. Please provide an email address for response. This can be an institutional or other email as you wish.

Guidelines for seeking advice
  1. UKRIO is an independent charity, offering support to the public, individual researchers and research organisations to further good practice in academic, scientific and medical research and in addressing allegations of poor practice, unethical behaviour and misconduct. We provide impartial advice to persons seeking guidance on issues of research conduct, including allegations of misconduct in research. UKRIO does not have any regulatory powers; it exists to advise and assist those who seek its help. UKRIO does not have a case investigation, oversight or adjudication role, but our representatives can and do participate in investigations of cases at the request of an employer, regulator or other appropriate body or person.
  2. Based on information provided, UKRIO will provide advice to the contact on how they might take forward the issue(s) in the most appropriate way. This will include suggesting which body or bodies might be best placed to assist in the resolution of the issue(s), which could include the employer. Our advice is not mandatory but reflects best practice in the conduct of research and addressing misconduct. Guidance from UKRIO should not be viewed as a substitute for legal advice from suitably qualified persons.
  3. UKRIO will keep a confidential record of any requests for assistance and all subsequent discussions. No other parties will be informed without your consent, unless clear evidence of criminal activity has been presented, there is an immediate need to involve others to prevent further risk or harm to people, animals or the environment, or we are otherwise under a legal obligation to do so. We also reserve the right to disclose details of our advice and correspondence if that advice is later misrepresented by you.
  4. In order for us to evaluate whether we can help with your enquiry, please complete the short form below.
  5. If an enquiry falls outside UKRIO’s remit, we may be able to suggest other organisations which might be able to provide appropriate advice; however, the suggestion of other organisation(s) does not imply any endorsement by UKRIO.
  6. Disclaimer: Please note that all advice from UKRIO is specific to the particular enquiry under consideration, based solely on the information provided to us about that matter, and may not necessarily be applicable to similar enquiries either past or future. All advice is intended as practical advice, not legal advice. UKRIO accepts no liability for any loss or damage caused or occasioned as a result of advice given by it, its staff or volunteers. Advice given by UKRIO is not given for the purposes of court proceedings within any jurisdiction and may not be cited or relied upon for this purpose.
  7. Matters relating to non-UK jurisdictions: UKRIO is a UK charity and our remit is to promote good practice and high ethical standards in UK academic, scientific and medical research. Our expertise is understandably rooted in the legal, ethical and other structures under which research is conducted in the UK. As such, we may be unable to give advice on certain issues which arise in, or relate to, non-UK jurisdictions. Please also see (6), above.

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