Scientific integrity and its associated issues concern all areas of research: the research itself, the dissemination of knowledge, the training of students, evaluations and expert appraisals. Should you have any questions, require advice or wish to report misconduct, please contact Inserm’s Scientific Integrity Office.
Created in 1999, the Inserm Research Integrity Office (RIO) has the following missions:
- reflect regularly on the question of scientific integrity, and to promote national and European standardization of the adopted procedures
- contribute to the dissemination of good research practices
- act as a mediator with a view to resolving scientific conflicts
- answer questions raised and deal with any reports received concerning breaches of scientific integrity or ethical standards
Complaints may be made to the Office by any Inserm employee or any person working in an Inserm-accredited body. The Office operates in compliance with the strictest conditions of impartiality and confidentiality and, where necessary, with its counterparts in the other institutions concerned.
Developed by a working group of the National Network of Scientific Integrity Referents (RESINT), the primary objective of this guide is to help each scientific integrity referee to implement, in their institution, a procedure for responding to reports of scientific integrity violations that is in line with good practices. It also facilitates cooperation between referents when they have to work together on the same file. The guide recalls that "any serious suspicion of a breach of scientific integrity must be rigorously investigated and the breaches established must be corrected in accordance with the best practices of scientific ethics", it being understood that, in all cases, "absolute priority must be given to the facts and to the presumption in good faith of the persons concerned".
Drawn up by Inserm, the Conference of University Presidents (CPU), the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), and the National Institute for Agricultural Research (Inra), the purpose of this charter is to describe the criteria required for an honest and rigorous scientific approach. This charter is particularly applicable in the context of all national and international partnerships. To date, a large number of the country’s research institutions and many universities have made a commitment to this charter.
The European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity is a document by All European Academies (ALLEA) and is cited as a reference as part of the Horizon 2020 program.
The Ethics and Scientific Integrity Charter of the ANR expresses the general meaning, principles and rules of action and behavior that all its collaborators (internal and external) and administrators undertake to respect in the activities they perform in the name of the agency.