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Letters Institutional research misconduct

Update from the editor

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 06 December 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7890
  1. Fiona Godlee, editor1
  1. 1BMJ, London WC1H 9JR, UK
  1. fgodlee{at}

In my editorial,1 I said that I had written to Andrew Miller MP, chair of the House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee. I asked him to investigate UCL’s institutional failings in relation to the measles, mumps, and rubella scare if UCL failed to announce an independent investigation. He replied the same day,2 saying that this was not within his remit and suggesting that I refer the matter to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), which is responsible for ensuring academic standards in publicly funded bodies. Last month I wrote to HEFCE’s chair, Tim Melville-Ross, and chief executive, Alan Langlands, asking them to take up the matter. Alan Langlands replied saying that current arrangements for handling research misconduct are “sufficient and proportionate.” Meanwhile, UCL has issued a statement saying that it will announce a formal review into matters relating to Wakefield’s tenure by the end of the year.3 We will continue to follow developments.


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  • Competing interests: FG is the editor of the BMJ and responsible for all it contains.


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