The Office Of Research Integrity: Experience And Authorities

The Office of Research Integrity (“ORI”) is a statutory office created by Congress in 1993, for which authority to respond to allegations of “misconduct in science” originally arose under an earlier federal regulation. Under the 1993 legislation, the key requirements for ORI are: responding to allegations of research misconduct, defining research misconduct, and overseeing inquiries and investigations of research misconduct initiated by research institutions that receive Public Health Service (“PHS”) funds or apply for such funds. In addition, the statute specifically requires ORI to establish administrative processes and standards for protecting whistleblowers who act in “good faith.”

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