French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD)

Founding year

2016

History

The launching of the Cirad’s office for ethics and research integrity has been decided in 2016. Cirad is A French research centre working with developing countries to tackle international agricultural and development issues. Cirad has a shared ethics committee (today with 2 other research institutes, Inra and Ifremer) founded in 2001. This ethics committee made research integrity recommendations in his advice reports.

ENRIO member since

2016

Structure

CIRAD (French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development) is a public establishment (EPIC) under the joint authority of the Ministry of Research and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Main Tasks

The office for ethics and research integrity has 3 main objectives:

  1. implementation of the national charter for research ethics
  2. raising awareness, training on RI, and management of alerts and misconduct
  3. support for ethic appraisal of research activities.

Training

Implementation of participative methods (RAP)

Other tasks: Member of the national network of Research Integrity Officers

Member of the new national network of research integrity officers

Contact

Dr. Philippe Feldmann

CIRAD
TA 179/04
34032 Montpellier Cedex 5 - France

+33 4 67 61 58 54

Internal Office of the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM)

Founding year

1999

History

The Delégation pour l’Intégrité Scientifique (DIS) was created in 1999 within the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm). The delegation is directly affiliated to the General Direction of the Institute.

ENRIO member since

2008

Structure

Internal Office of the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm).

Main Tasks

As a research public organisation, the main missions of Inserm to understand improve human health. As the only French public research institute to focus entirely on human health, Inserm took on the responsibility for the strategic, scientific and operational coordination of biomedical public research programs in France. Inserm operates operates under the joint authority of the French Ministry of Health and French Ministry of Research.
As an internal office, the Délégation à l’intégrité scientifique is:

  1. dealing with complaints about integrity from individuals –either employed by Inserm, or working at Inserm labs, or answering enquiry from institutions, staff at scientific journals. Depending of the situation, we then act as mediators, or we launch an investigation by appointing experts. Then we propose the appropriate next steps – including disciplinary ones – to the Director of Inserm. Since most labs at Inserm are joint labs, the work is mostly done in coordination with the other institutions that are involved.
  2. elaborating guidelines and codes of conduct ; pushing up for the coordination and harmonization of the procedures used in all the French institutions for higher education and research.
  3. participating in training events at various levels and with various partners.

Other tasks: Mediation, harmonization of procedures

Mediation; participation in several projects aimed at improving the harmonization between the procedures followed by the French institutions for research and higher education

Contact

Dr. Ghislaine FILLIATREAU

Delegate

Inserm Office for Scientific Integrity
101 rue de Tolbiac
75013 Paris - France

+33 06 7279 9335 4993

French Office for Research Integrity (OFIS)

Founding year

2017

History

The French Office for Research Integrity was created in 2017 by a Circular Letter of the Secretary of State for Higher Education and Research. Its creation results from an official report in 2016 on the implementation of the French Charter of Research Deontology signed since 2015 by an increasing number of universities and research bodies.

OFIS was settled within an independent administrative authority, the High Council for Evaluation of Research and Higher Education (HCERES).

ENRIO member since

2018

Structure

OFIS is a national transversal body, established in 2017 as a department of the High Council for Evaluation of Research and Higher Education (Hcéres), the only French independent authority in the field of research and higher education.
The structure includes a department (staff operating since 2018) and a 12-member advisory board.

Main Tasks

  • Sharing information and knowledge, by producing reports, advice, guidelines, published on the Department’s web site
  • Supporting national commitment within French operators (universities, research bodies, agencies, etc.), in cooperation with the research integrity officers, researchers and other partnership, by training, workshops, meetings, etc.
  • Building up relationship with other organizations with European or global interests in research integrity

Investigation

OFIS provides guidelines promoting the responsible conduct of research in order to prevent misconducts and to propose proper investigation’s procedures.

The Office publishes recommendations on its website, for conducting investigations of alleged misconduct in research.

OFIS is not a regulatory body and does not conduct the preliminary inquiry or the alleged violation investigation, which are led by research integrity officers, under the own responsability of he organisations conducting research.

Training

OFIS provides recommendations to strengthen and harmonize training within universities and research bodies (students and PhD students, senior researchers), in order to emphase best pratices and to avoid misconduct.

OFIS is also planning regular workshops with and for research integrity officers, in order to share their experience through illustrative cases studies, and to provide practical advice.

Promoting Research Integrity

The French Office for Research Integrity advises research institutions by promoting research integrity and disseminate policies, guidelines and other products, available on ist website.

OFIS contributes also to the promotion of research integrity at a national and international level, by participating to conferences, and by holding own events.

Other tasks:

Once a year, the OFIS organizes the meeting of signatories of the French Charter of research deontology. On that occasion, the universities and the other research instutions exchange on their policy and procedures’advances, and share their needs with the OFIS.

Contact

Joëlle Alnot

Director

OFIS - HCERES
2, rue Albert Einstein
75014 Paris
France

+33 1 55556176