The University of Adelaide has implemented internal processes for monitoring compliance with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research in consultation with Faculties.
- University Monitoring of Code Compliance
Director (Research Services) identifies projects, in consultation with Executive DeansDirector (Research Services) forwards checklist to researcher for action, cc to Head of School and Executive DeanResearchers complete checklist, submit online to Research ServicesIf problem-free the Director (Research Services) sends acknowledgement and files checklistDirector (Research Services) conducts sample audit process of researcher's recordsResearch Services delivers all relevant responses to Head of School to acknowledgeIf problem identified, checklist referred to PVC(RO)/DVC(R) for consideration/action
- NHMRC Monitoring of Code Compliance
Compliance with the Code is a prerequisite for receipt of National Health and Medical Research Council funding.
The NHMRC audits institutions in relation to their compliance with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research and the NHMRC Deed of Agreement. The Audit process is rigorous and involves an investigation of not only the institution's ability to comply with the Code but also, where they are administering grants on behalf of titleholders from affiliated organisations, how the institution ensures that this cohort of researchers are complying with the Code.
The NHMRC selects a number of individual projects and requires that all financial reports, progress reports and copies of ethics approvals be provided to them for review at short notice. A good deal of emphasis is placed on Part A of the Code (e.g. retention of Authorship statements, data management practices, etc). The Audit team interviews the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) (DVCR), the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), individual Ethics Committee Chairs, researchers involved in the projects and research office staff.
- Consequences of Non-Compliance
Incidences where non-compliance with the Code is identified may lead to the use of the University Research Misconduct Procedure.
It should be noted that all affiliates of the University are required to abide by University policies. If instances of misconduct are detected amongst affiliates, discussions should be held between representatives of the University and the affiliates' employer.