SOP 220 – Investigation of allegations of Research Fraud and Misconduct SOP 220 v2


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The purpose of this SOP is to ensure that NNUH and UEA fulfil their requirements to identify and manage all reports of suspected fraud and misconduct appropriately in accordance with UK law and the UK Policy Framework for Health and Social Care Research. Equally its aim is to create an environment where equal emphasis is placed on accountability and learning and to ensure there is a mechanism to raise concerns without fear of reprisals and respond with a compassionate approach to reviewing issues involving potential misconduct.
NNUH and UEA value the importance of producing high quality and safe research and rely on the personal and scientific integrity of individuals involved in research.  Research misconduct is contrary to this value places participants at risk and erodes confidence in the scientific integrity of research as a whole and jeopardies the reputation of NNUH / UEA and their employees. 

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