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About the commission

The commission shall be a national resource for institutions, companies or others commissioning research to deal with cases of research misconduct, and a supplement to local treatment apparatus.

According to the research ethics act (Lov om organisering av forskningsetisk arbeid) the research institutions have the main responsibility for research integrity. The institutions shall promote good and ethically responsible science, and treat cases concerning possible misconduct.

The National commission for the investigation of research misconduct (Granskingsutvalget) was initially established in accordance with the first Norwegian research ethics act (2006) and started its work in 2007. According to the resent research ethics act (2017), the commission shall guide the research institutions on how to handle cases on research misconduct. The research institutions shall also report to the commission on the handling of all misconduct cases.

Appeals body

The commission acts as the appeals body in cases where the institutions conclude with scientific misconduct. It can also initiate investigations on its own initiative. Statements from Granskingsutvalget are final and cannot be appealed.

Statements

The Commission gives public statements in misconduct cases that are made available through our webpage (Norwegian only). 

Cooperation

The commission cooperates closely with the national research ethics committees NEMNENT and NESH, both to prevent and inform about scientific misconduct.

The Norwegian National Research Ethics Committees are offering a number of resources available to the research institutions and researchers.   

Granskingsutvalget also cooperates with other national and international partners.

Annual reports

Up to 2014 and as of 2018, the Commission has published separate annual reports. From 2015 to 2017 the Commission’s reporting was included in the joint annual reports from The Norwegian National Research Ethics Committees.

All the annual reports are available online (Norwegian only). 

Members 2017-2021

Ragna Aarli (Chair), professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Bergen (UiB)
Rani Lill Anjum, researcher of philosophy, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
Jan Gunnar Bjålie, professor at the Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Oslo (UiO)
Nina Johannesen, associate professor at the Faculty of Education, Østfold University College (HIOF)
Jette Kofoed, associate professor at the Danish School of Education, Aarhus University
Øyvind Kongstun Arnesen, chairman of the board at Oslo Cancer Cluster and Curida
Anne Ingeborg Myhr, director at GenØk – Centre for Biosafety
Ida Skaar, senior researcher at the Norwegian Veterinary Institute
John-Arne Skolbekken, professor at the Department of Public Health and Nursing, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
Arild Underdal, professor emeritus at the Department of Political Science, former pro-rector and rector at the University of Oslo (UiO)
Per-Henrik Zahl, senior scientist at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health