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August 19, 1992

Federal Health Officials Continue to Reorganize Offices for Investigating Scientific Misconduct

JAMA. 1992;268(7):848. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03490070022008

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MISCONDUCT CASE processing is being overhauled at the federal level.

Louis W. Sullivan, MD, secretary, US Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC; and James O. Mason, MD, DrPH, assistant secretary for health and head of the Public Health Service, working with representatives of the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md, have created a new Office of Research Integrity within the Public Health Service. Instead of the agencies that are part of the Public Health Service investigating their own charges of scientific misconduct, the new office will do it.

Initial Reaction Favorable  The biological research community seems to be taking a positive view of the new office. Robert J. Cousin, PhD, president of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, Bethesda, Md, describes it as "a step in the right direction."However, Cousin calls for a tighter definition of scientific misconduct. This, he says, coupled with the opportunity