Promoting Integrity in Research and Reporting Misconduct in Science

IRB Policy

Akron Children's employees and staff participate in research to contribute to the advancement of medical science. Dedication to objective inquiry and the uncompromised pursuit of truth are essential criteria of any scientific program.

We take our responsibilities seriously to provide an atmosphere of scientific inquiry and to ensure integrity in the performance of research. Our goal is to create and maintain an environment in which there is a pervasive attitude of high ethical standards and in which misconduct in research is not tolerated.

Under final rules published in the Federal Register, institutions that receive research-related grants must file certain required assurances with the Public Health Services (PHS) annually.

Definitions

Misconduct. Misconduct or Misconduct in Science is defined as fabrication, falsification, plagiarism or other practices that seriously deviate from those that are commonly accepted within the scientific community for proposing, conducting or reporting research. It does not include honest error or honest differences in interpretations or judgments of data.

Inquiry. Information gathering and initial fact finding to determine whether an allegation or apparent instance of misconduct warrants an investigation.

Investigation. The formal examination and evaluation of all relevant facts to determine if misconduct has occurred.

Procedures


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