Prevention of Improper Experiments

Prevention of Improper Experiments

To achieve our goal of preventing improper experiments, we have established a prevention policy and set up a consultation counter.
Here at Tokyo Medical and Dental University, we have established a policy for the prevention of improper experiments within our research activities. In alignment with our ‘Response Guidelines for Improper Conduct in Research Activities’ (Special Committee Report regarding Improper Conduct in Research Activities, Council for Science and Technology, August 8th, 2006) and the ’Guidelines for Managing and Supervising Public Research Funds in Research Organizations’ (As decided by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, as of February 15th, 2007), we have set up research activity reviews and consultation counters.

Standard of Conduct and regulations for misconduct prevention

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Tokyo Medical and Dental University’s Standard of Conduct for Research Activities states that “All members of the university shall actively participate in training and information sessions regarding research activities, including the administration and management of public research funds; and shall endeavor to acquire knowledge and understanding of all related laws and
university regulations and shall obey them.”
Furthermore, under the university’s research misconduct prevention regulations, all persons who go through courses in compliance and research ethics education are required to submit a signed pledge stating that they will not commit misconduct, and that if they do commit misconduct in violation of the regulations they will be subject to discipline and legal liability from both
this university and funding distribution agencies.

Compliance and research ethics education via e-learning

1. Teaching materials: CITI Japan e-learning program
Note: An exception is when participation in an e-learning program provided by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science—an independent administrative institution—is regarded as equivalent to completion of the CITI program. Announcement of the course will be sent via an internal mass e-mail, so check it before taking the course.

2. Eligible participants: All members of the university involved in research activities (including teaching staff, researchers, research support staff, technical support staff, administrative staff, etc.)
Note: Master’s course graduate students complete this course as part of their curriculum.

3. Course units: The unit of the course participants attend is determined based on occupation (teaching staff, researcher, research assistant, administrative staff, etc.)

4. Period: Announced through internal mass e-mail
The Office of Research Safety and Management will send usernames and passwords
Note: The course can be taken anywhere with Internet access.
  • A Step-by-Step Guide to Taking a CITI Japan On-Screen e-Learning Course
  • Essential Unit
  • Submission of a pledge

    Submission of a pledge

    1. Target: All members of the university involved in the administration and management of public research funds (persons participating in research activities at this university, persons applying for public research funds, research administrative staff), including graduate students (with the exception of students who have already submitted a pledge in academic year 2014)

    2. Where to submit: The section in charge of general affairs of your affiliated department (General Affairs Section, Administrative Division)

    3. When to submit: ASAP
    (Can also be submitted at the time of university-wide faculty development (FD) or departmental FD)

    4. Form: Attached at the end of this handbook

    5. Excute the form and submit the original.
  • Standards of Conduct for Researchers

    The medicine and dentistry related research that is conducted at this institution has a major obligation to directly contribute to the health and welfare of human society. Within each research activity, researchers must accept high ethical standards and based on this, support transparency and accountability. With this in mind, this institution has established a Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct that every member of the institution must comply with.

    Standard of Conduct

    All personnel conducting research activities at this institution are subject to these regulations. Through the setting up of research activity reviews, a consultation window, and other investigatory methods, these regulations prevent improper conduct and outline the proper operation and management of research funds.

    Regulations for the Prevention of Reseatch Misconduct at Tokyo Medical and Dental University

    For research activities conducted at this institution (including operational management of Research funds), the President, Director-in-Charge of Research and Bureau/Center Director will take on the roles of ‘Head Administrative Officer’, ‘Supervising Officer’ and ‘Department Manager,’ respectively. They will take preventive actions and respond to improper conduct. Simultaneously, they will engage in activities, including the planning and implementation of projects that prevent improper conduct. Through the ‘Home Office for Prevention of Improper Research Activities Positioning,’ they shall make these activities and policies well known.

    System of misconduct prevention responsibility