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Doctors are told of obligation to report fraud

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 14 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2057
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    Doctors engaged in research are under a duty to report any evidence which comes to their notice of financial or scientific fraud, the General Medical Council makes clear in new guidance.

    They must report serious research misconduct to their employer or contracting body and where appropriate to the GMC, the UK regulator for doctors, or other statutory bodies overseeing research.

    The new guidance, Good practice in research and Consent to research, aims to guide doctors through all stages of a research project, from design to dissemination of results.

    It follows several recent cases in which doctors—including Andrew Wakefield, whose work sparked a …

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