HAL Research Integrity Study

HAL-7807-CoverCanadian Research Integrity Committee Releases Study:

The State of Research Integrity and Misconduct Policies in Canada

October 21, 2009

The report can be downloaded by clicking on the image to the left.

The Canadian Research Integrity Committee (CRIC) is releasing a report entitled: The State of Research Integrity and Misconduct Policies in Canada.

The Report provides a comprehensive discussion of the status of current policies and procedures on research integrity in Canada and in some other countries including, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Germany. It also examines how research integrity is promoted and how allegations of misconduct are addressed and resolved. It is anticipated that the Report will help to inform future efforts to strengthen Canada’s research integrity system.

The CRIC was established in 2006 and is comprised of seventeen members representing various governmental and non-governmental organizations that share a common interest in strengthening research integrity in Canada (see attached list of members).

At the first CRIC workshop held in Ottawa in 2007, a decision was made to sponsor a study to survey Canadian and international policies and practices related to research integrity. A request for proposals was developed and the contract for the CRIC-sponsored study was awarded to the consulting firm Hickling Arthurs Low.

The Report was extensively discussed by members of the CRIC at a workshop held in Ottawa on October 5-6, 2009.

With the release of the report, CRIC member organizations can solicit feedback from their respective constituencies.

The CRIC will reconvene in early 2010, and any further action by CRIC will take into consideration the comments received and the evolving status of activities related to research integrity in Canada.

Questions regarding the Report should be directed to Dr. Tijs Creutzberg at Hickling Arthurs Low, 613-237-2220 x332 or tcreutzberg@hal.ca This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Questions regarding the CRIC should be addressed to Dr. Kevin Keough of Kevin Keough Consulting Inc., 780-954-3119 or kevinkeough@shaw.ca This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The report will be available at www.hal.ca, and on the websites of member organizations.

Kevin Keough and Pierre Charest (co-chairs, CRIC)


  • Association francophone du savoir (ACFAS)
  • Association of Canadian Academic Healthcare Organizations (ACAHO)
  • Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC)
  • Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC)
  • Canadian Association of University Research Administrators (CAURA)
  • Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)
  • Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Canadian Health Services Research Foundation (CHSRF)
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
  • Federal Assistant Deputy Minister S&T Integration Board
  • Health Canada
  • Kevin Keough Consulting Inc.
  • Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR)
  • National Council on Ethics in Human Research (NCEHR) Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
  • Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

The Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) has joined CRIC discussions as an Observer.

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