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Capitol Health Call
June 9, 2004

New Misconduct Rules

JAMA. 2004;291(22):2691. doi:10.1001/jama.291.22.2691-d

New rules proposed by the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) would revise the definition of scientific misconduct and the process for adjudicating alleged wrongdoing. The new rules would also expand plagiarism prohibitions to include peer reviewers as well as researchers and would remove whistle-blowers from directly participating in misconduct investigations.

The changes will help ensure public confidence in the integrity of DHHS-supported science, said Chris Pascal, JD, the director of the Office of Research Integrity at the DHHS. Scientific societies largely applauded the revised rules.

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