Research Misconduct Policy

Policy Statement

  1. The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) strives to create a research climate that promotes and maintains adherence to the highest standards of ethics and integrity in the conduct of research in both humans and animals. The SAMRC is committed to applying the ethical values of equity, transparency, participation, mutual respect, responsibility and justice in all of its activities. Research Misconduct is an offense that damages the reputation of an Institution, scientists and/or researchers and the reputation of all relevant key stakeholders involved in an organisation’s research activities.
  2. This policy, named the SAMRC Policy on Research Misconduct, creates procedures for the SAMRC’s response to allegations as well as apparent occurrences of research breach and research misconduct involving researchers within the institution.
  3. Expectations from this policy perspectives are that all persons involved in the investigation of research misconduct allegations act with integrity and are sensitive to all affected individuals’ rights to respect, confidentiality, justice and fairness.
  4. SAMRC stakeholders and the public are expected to report allegations or suspected research misconduct immediately.
  5. The SAMRC shall treat research misconduct whistle-blower(s) and respondent(s) with respect, dignity and fairness.
  6. The champion for the implementation of this policy in the SAMRC will be RIO, and the ultimate accounting officer for ensuring that research conducted in the institutions is of the highest ethical norms, standards and integrity is the President of the SAMRC.
  7. Personal information shall be in compliance with all applicable legislation and guidelines, including but not limited to the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act (No. 4 of 2013).

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