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Research Integrity Blog

May
30
2012

BioTechniques on the need to teach undergraduates about research integrity

Discussions on research integrity often focus on when researchers should be taught about the principles of good research conduct and the perils of questionable practices and misconduct. Many would say that this teaching is essential for PhD students and early-career researchers. Others argue that it should be taught earlier, at the undergraduate stage. They feel […]

May
25
2012

Spotlight: OECD guide for investigating misconduct in international collaborative research

It can be challenging to investigate allegations of research misconduct. Investigations must be thorough, objective and fair, and carried out in a timely manner using a transparent process. They must be in accordance with the law, meet the requirements of regulatory and funding bodies, and show due sensitivity and confidentiality to those involved. Investigating allegations relating […]

May
14
2012

Research Councils Internal Audit Service and RCUK Assurance merge

From the RCUK website: the Research Councils Internal Audit Service (RCIAS) has merged with RCUK Assurance to create a single audit and assurance body. The new merged organisation is called Audit and Assurance Services Group (AASG) which reflects its new combined assurance role and the variety of customers it now serves. The main activities of […]

May
11
2012

Times of India and Vancouver Sun discuss research fraud

The Times of India discusses claims that some drug companies have been writing scientific recommendations of their own products and submitting them to the Drug Controller General of India after getting them endorsed by top doctors for a quicker marketing approval: Times of India: Drugs Scam The Vancouver Sun discusses how excessive competitiveness and other […]

May
3
2012

New pharmacovigilance legislation – information from the MHRA

The MHRA has posted information on new pharmacovigilance legislation coming into effect across the EU in July 2012. The changes introduced by the EU Directive will be transposed into UK law in the Human Medicines Regulations 2012, which will also consolidate nearly all other UK medicines legislation. The legislation will be underpinned by an EC […]

Apr
30
2012

Why UKRIO doesn’t want – or need – regulatory powers

There are a few questions that we get asked fairly often at UKRIO, especially by those who are new to our work. One of the most common is whether we want to have regulatory powers, so it would be mandatory to follow our guidance. Another is whether we would become a statutory regulator for research […]

Apr
20
2012

New York Times and The Guardian discuss research integrity and misconduct

The New York Times examines a worrying rise in retractions in academic journals, the possible reasons for this and the ensuing calls for reform: New York Times: A Sharp Rise in Retractions Prompts Calls for Reform Meanwhile, The Guardian discusses a recent case of research misconduct in the United States and whether external pressures were more to […]

Apr
2
2012

Consultation on draft Research Integrity Concordat

Universities UK, the Higher Education Funding Council for England, Research Councils UK, the Wellcome Trust and other stakeholders are seeking views on a draft Concordat to Support Research Integrity. From the Universities UK website: ‘The concordat outlines five important commitments that those engaged in research can make to help ensure that the highest standards of […]

Apr
2
2012

UKRIO in Chemistry World

In Chemistry World, James Parry, Chief Executive of UKRIO, argues that cultural means, rather than regulatory, is a powerful way of safeguarding the integrity and quality of research. Chemistry World: Integrity begins at home In the same issue, research integrity issues in Ireland are discussed by Maura Hiney, Head of Policy, Evaluation and External Relations of the […]

Mar
30
2012

Shaping an effective national role for the Health Research Authority – update and opportunity to comment

From the Health Research Authority website: ‘The HRA has established a multi-agency project team and invited evidence to help shape an effective national role for the HRA to provide a unified approval process and to promote proportionate standards for compliance and inspection. ‘Further comment is invited on the emerging themes… and the HRA would be […]

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