Science & Research

FDA's Key Principles of Scientific Integrity

  1. Maintain a firm commitment to science-based, data-driven decision-making
  2. Shield the agency’s science and its scientific staff from political influence
  3. Facilitate the free flow of scientific and technical information
  4. Protect the integrity of scientific data and ensuring its accurate presentation, including the underlying assumptions and uncertainties
  5. Require a fair and transparent approach to resolving internal scientific disputes, including hearing and carefully considering differing views
  6. Support whistleblower protections
  7. Select and promote scientists based on their knowledge, expertise and integrity
  8. Use peer review of data and research used in decision-making, where feasible, appropriate and consistent with the law
  9. Maintain openness and selecting qualified advisory committee members based on expertise, with transparency about conflicts of interest
  10. Allow FDA staff to communicate their personal scientific or policy views to the public, even when those views differ from official Agency opinions
  11. Promote the professional development of our scientists by encouraging publication in and editorial service to peer reviewed journals, presentations at professional meetings, and full participation in appropriate professional or scholarly societies and related activities that may benefit the public health

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