Consensus Conference on Misconduct in Biomedical Research 28th and 29th October 1999
Patients benefit not only from good quality care but also from good scientific research. We all expect high standards of scientific and medical research practice. The integrity, probity, skill and trustworthiness of scientific and medical researchers are essential if public confidence is to be assured. In the design and execution of biomedical and healthcare research, public participation is essential. The Joint Consensus Conference on Misconduct in Biomedical Research was convened in order to debate, address and offer guidance on key questions because "every single case [of fraud and misconduct] reduces public confidence, abuses the use of public and charitable funds, and causes insult and frustration to the vast majority of careful, honest workers"1.
The definition of research misconduct
"Behaviour by a researcher, intentional or not,
No definition can or should attempt to be exhaustive. It should allow for change. The definition should not be read as being restricted to fabrication, falsification of data and plagiarism. It is intended to cover the whole range of research misconduct.
How do we promote good research?
What should happen next?
These will be published in Proceedings of Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, Volume 30, January 2000 as a supplement.
Copies available from the Publications Department at a cost of £5.00 each.
1. Chantler and Chantler, BMJ 1998; 316:1726.