AAMRI submission to the Review of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research

AAMRI submission to the Review of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research

22nd November, 2017

The Australian code for the responsible conduct of research puts forward the broad principles that characterise an honest, ethical and conscientious research culture. It outlines the expectations for the conduct and the dissemination of research, and provides a mechanism to assure funders of research of the appropriate and proper use of funding. The Code provides guidance on how to manage cases where these expectations have not been met, and where the integrity of research is under question.

The current version of the Code has been in place since 2007, and with changes to the research landscape (both nationally and internationally) as well as the benefit of nearly 10 years of operation of the Code, work has been undertaken to revise and update the Code.

AAMRI has put forward an additional submission in response to the latest draft of the Code. AAMRI’s submission highlights the importance of retaining the use of the term research misconduct within the Code, and for the use of external panel members to be used for all contested allegations that have the potential to result in a finding of serious research misconduct.