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Ethical Research Standards

The Public Health Service (PHS) regulation, 42 CFR 50, Subpart A, places several requirements on institutions applying for or receiving Public Health Service research funds. These regulatory obligations are consistent with the obligations imposed upon institutions by Congress in Section 493 of the PHS Act. By applying for or accepting PHS funds, an institution assumes legal and financial accountability for the awarded funds and for the performance of the supported activities. To comply with these requirements, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has (1) developed an administrative process for responding to allegations of misconduct in science consistent with the requirements of the PHS regulation; (2) submitted an initial institutional assurance to the Public Health Services Office of Research Integrity (ORI); and (3) maintained an active assurance by filing with the ORI an Annual Report on Possible Research Misconduct.


Allegations of scientific misconduct will be referred to the CDPHE IRB. The IRB will initiate immediate inquiry into each allegation. Allegations should be referred to the IRB chair. Any member of the IRB who has a real or apparent conflict of interest will be excluded from any inquiry or investigation.


Research misconduct is defined as fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results. Fabrication is making up data or results and recording or reporting them. Falsification is manipulating research materials, equipment, or processes, or changing or omitting data or results such that the research is not accurately represented in the research record. The research record is the record of data or results that embody the facts resulting from scientific inquiry, and includes, but is not limited to, research proposals, laboratory records, both physical and electronic, progress reports, abstracts, theses, oral presentations, internal reports, and journal articles. Plagiarism is the appropriation of another person's ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit. Research misconduct does not include honest error or differences of opinion.


For more information, contact the IRB chair and visit the federal Office of Research Integrity web page.