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Main Title Scientific Misconduct Activities in Environmental Analyses: Fraud Detection in GC/MS and ICP/MS Activities.
Author Brilis, G. M. ; Chem, B. ;
CORP Author Environmental Protection Agency, Las Vegas, NV. National Exposure Research Lab.
Publisher 2002
Year Published 2002
Report Number EPA/600/A-02/055;
Stock Number PB2003-106596
Additional Subjects Environmental analysis ; Fraud detection ; Contract laboratories ; Analytical services ; Violations ; Policies ; Procedures ; Sample analysis ; Chemical analysis ; Science misconduct ; Environmental Protection Agency ; Quality assurance/quality control reviews
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB2003-106596 Most EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. Check with individual libraries about paper copy. 10/24/2003
Collation 15p
Contracted laboratories perform a vast number of routine and special analytical services that are the foundation of decisions upon which rests the fate of the environment. Guiding these laboratories in the generation of environmental data has been the analytical protocols and the quality assurance/quality control criteria delineated in the contract. Key elements are the objective and accurate reporting of data accumulated in the course of these analyses to assure valid results. In addition, basic and universally accepted standards of conduct and propriety, when followed, not only assure the integrity of the analytical results, but engender public support for, and lend credibility to, the U.S. EPA and the scientific community as a whole. However, violations of these principles by a number of laboratories have received wide attention and may undermine the environment in ways that go far beyond the waste of public funds. Although a relatively uncommon event in the scientific community, violations of accepted ethical standards inevitably appear in the scientific community as in all human pursuits. The EPA has a major responsibility, not only to provide an atmosphere that promotes integrity, but also to contribute to the establishment and enforcement of policies and procedures that deal efficiently and effectively with allegations/indicators or evidence of scientific misconduct.