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New June 2018 training deadline for Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Monday, February 12, 2018
Responsible Conduct of Research

All Duke School of Medicine faculty and staff engaged in research (i.e., they Design, Conduct, or Report on research projects) are required to complete Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training no later than June 30, 2018. This includes anyone who is recorded as:

  • Key Personnel on an active or pending project in SPS
  • Key Personnel on an active or pending IRB protocol
  • Key Personnel on an active or pending IACUC protocol
  • Compensated from a fund code with a Research Attribute in SAP
  • Room Occupant in space (wet or dry) that is coded with a “research” function in WebCentral

To learn more about meeting the requirements for Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), please the Duke School of Medicine RCR Program page.

Scientific Culture and Accountability Plan (SCAP)

An additional requirement of the RCR Training Program is all departments/centers/institutes must have a Scientific Culture and Accountability Plan (SCAP) that is available on their website and actively disseminated to all personnel. The Department of Pediatrics SCAP is posted here [please login with your NetID and password].

The Science Culture & Accountability Plan (SCAP) outlines the expectations and recommendations for how the department, division, Children's Clinical Research Unit (CCRU) and individual investigators can guarantee the responsible management and critical review of scientific data.

This plan, which details four levels of responsibility for promoting a culture that encourages responsible data management and produces data of the highest integrity — individual, division, Children's Clinical Research Unit (CCRU) and department — also reflects these important principles:

  • We foster an environment where scientific integrity is the highest priority.
  • We emphasize high-quality, reproducible data and results.
  • We value constructive critiques of research.
  • We allow open discussion of any concerns regarding research conduct or integrity.

Each and every member of the Department of Pediatrics — faculty, trainees, staff and administrators — is expected to reflect and pursue these values. Ours is a shared commitment to the highest standards of scientific activity.

We will continue to post updates and reminders regarding RCR and SCAP in our newsletter as well as on our website.

Stay tuned for more information!