Government says that UK does not need an external regulator to oversee research integrityBMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d6798 (Published 19 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6798
- Susan Mayor
The UK government has agreed to support a voluntary integrity concordat that all employers of researchers will be encouraged to sign but argues there is no need for an external regulator to improve research integrity.
The government was responding to recommendations made by the Science and Technology Committee in its inquiry published in July into the peer review process (BMJ 2011;343:d4851, doi:10.1136/bmj.d4851). It followed several cases of research fraud, including Andrew Wakefield’s study alleging a link between MMR vaccine and autism.
To improve the integrity of research publications, the committee asked the government to implement a research …
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