From 1 April 2017, the RCUK Policy and Guidelines on the Governance of Good Research Conduct have been updated in response to some of the recommendations in the Science Europe report, “Research Integrity Practices in Science Member Organisations” (July 2016), and for consistency with the policy of the Wellcome Trust.
The changes are explained further at the beginning of the document. The main change is that henceforth the relevant Research Council should be notified of an allegation of research misconduct at the stage that it is decided to undertake an informal inquiry; not, as previously, at the (later) stage of deciding to undertake a formal investigation (Section 4).
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