The purpose of the investigation is to explore in detail the allegations, to examine the evidence in depth, and to determine specifically whether misconduct has been committed, by whom, and to what extent. The investigation will also determine whether there are additional instances of possible misconduct that would justify broadening the scope beyond the initial allegations. This is particularly important where the alleged misconduct involves clinical trials or potential harm to human subjects or the general public or if it affects research that forms the basis for public policy or clinical or public health practice. The findings of the investigation need to be set forth in an investigation report that is submitted to ORI for oversight review.

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» PHS Policies on Research Misconduct - 42 C.F.R. 93 (PDF)

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