The door against which Herbert Arst and Mark Caddick are pushing is yielding rapidly ("Who's watching over science?", THES , July ).
The Academy of Medical Sciences is consulting on ways to investigate and prevent research misconduct and thereby ensure biomedical research standards. Plans include:
* Providing names of suitable external experts willing to assist employers in the initial investigation of the allegation
* Maintaining a database of allegations and their outcome
* Preparing a compendium of best practice.
The General Medical Council is also about to issues guidance for doctors.
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