Request for a statement from TENK

The person alleged of misconduct of responsible conduct of research or the instigator of the allegation can request a statement from The Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity if the said party is dissatisfied with the rector’s decision, the procedures adopted in the preliminary inquiry, with the investigation proper, or with the conclusions of the final report.

This request must be justified and it must address the specific questions that are the basis for the statement requested. The RCR process needs to be completed before any requests can be submitted to the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity. No statements will be issued during the interim stages. The request for a statement must be submitted within six months of the decision.

The Advisory Board must process the matter expediently, within five months of receiving the request, on the basis of the documents submitted to it. Furthermore, the Advisory Board must issue a statement addressed to the party that has instigated the process, and this statement must also be delivered to the rector and to the other parties involved.

When compiling the statement, the Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity may, if needed, request a written response from the parties concerned and from the investigating organisation. The person requesting the statement is to be given an opportunity to comment on these responses. The Advisory Board's statement and the documents, including the appendices used in compiling this statement are, in principle, publicly available after the statement has been issued.

In its statement, The Finnish Advisory Board on Research Integrity may propose that the rector conduct an additional investigation if there are well-founded reasons for this in the material provided for the preliminary inquiry, in the final report of the investigation proper, or in the information provided by an involved party in its request for a statement.