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The Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (the Agencies) congratulate the Council of Canadian Academies’ Expert Panel on Research Integrity (the Panel) for its report, Honesty, Accountability and Trust: Fostering Research Integrity in Canada.
By considering integrity approaches both in Canada and internationally, the scholarly literature and input from experts, the Panel has provided useful advice on how to build on the policies and practices already in place to further strengthen a culture of research integrity in Canada.
Integrity in research is directly linked to Canada’s reputation in the international research community, to performance in R&D and to accountability in the use of public funds. The research community, those who depend on and use research results, and citizens need to know that research is conducted to the highest standards of integrity and that effective measures are in place to address inappropriate actions.
For these reasons, the Agencies and the institutions that receive Agency funding have had a joint integrity policy framework in place since 1994. The Agencies have reviewed the policy framework with input from the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), and have improved its implementation and transparency. The Panel’s report will be particularly helpful as we work to update and strengthen, as planned, our Tri-Agency integrity policy framework. Comprehensive consultations on the revised draft policy will be undertaken in 2011 with a wide range of stakeholders, with the assistance of the AUCC.
The Agencies thank the Panel for its comprehensive report and will consider the advice of the Panel as we pursue the goal of strengthening research integrity in Canada.
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada