Following the preliminary assessment, if the institutional official determines that the allegation provides sufficient information to allow specific follow-up, involves PHS support, and falls under the PHS definition of research misconduct, he or she should immediately initiate the inquiry process. In initiating the inquiry, the official should identify clearly the original allegation and any related issues that should be evaluated. The purpose of the inquiry is to make a preliminary evaluation of the available evidence and testimony of the respondent, whistleblower, and key witnesses to determine whether there is sufficient evidence of possible research misconduct to warrant an investigation. The purpose of the inquiry is not to reach a final conclusion about whether misconduct definitely occurred or who was responsible. The findings of the inquiry should be set forth in an inquiry report.
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