The United States Department of Agriculture Issues Research Misconduct Regulations

On 13 August the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued regulations on research misconduct in USDA-sponsored extramural research. With the final regulations, issued almost two years after the USDA proposed them, the USDA becomes the latest federal agency to adopt the federal-wide research misconduct policy announced a decade ago. This alert highlights certain requirements of the USDA regulations, particularly differences between the USDA regulations and the U.S Public Health Service (PHS) regulations with which institutions now have several years of experience. It presupposes familiarity with the basic framework for resolving research misconduct allegations under the PHS regulations.

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