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UKRIO provides independent, expert and confidential advice on the conduct of academic, scientific and medical research, from promoting good practice to addressing poor practice and misconduct. We cover all subject areas and any issues relating to research practice. No other organisation in the UK has comparable expertise in providing such support, support which draws on the expertise of UKRIO’s Register of Advisers.
Our Advisory Service is open to all, including members of the public, research participants, patients, individual researchers, research students and research organisations. UKRIO welcomes enquiries on general or hypothetical topics, as well as those on specific research projects, issues and cases.
We advise on issues of good practice in research. We also advise whistle-blowers and others with concerns about research, and help those responsible to deal effectively with problems of poor practice and allegations of misconduct. Promoting and sustaining good research practice is a worthwhile objective in its own right. It also reduces the risk of misconduct occurring.
In 2016 we helped with more than 100 cases and use of our services continues to grow each year. To seek advice on good research practice or to raise concerns about possible misconduct, please use this form to contact us; the form also has additional information on our role and remit.
Misconduct in research takes many forms. It can be serious and threaten lives; it can appear trivial but still greatly harm research. Contact UKRIO for expert advice if you have concerns about:
UKRIO also provides guidance on all issues of good practice in research, including:
Members of the public, individual researchers and research organisations trust UKRIO to provide independent, confidential and expert support. All who work for our organisation, both staff and volunteers, must adhere to the highest standards of integrity, objectivity, honesty and professionalism. Accordingly, requests for our assistance are addressed according to a standard protocol.
UKRIO draws upon its Register of Advisers when responding to questions and concerns about the conduct of research. Our volunteer Advisers agree to comply with a Code of Conduct, which includes our protocol for responding to requests for assistance.