Scientific Integrity at CDC

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Science is the foundation of CDC’s mission to save lives, protect people, and promote health for all. CDC’s world-class scientists, researchers, and health professionals are committed to using the highest possible scientific integrity and quality standards and practices to conduct our critical work. Scientific integrity is the adherence to principles of honesty, objectivity, transparency, professionalism, and ethical behavior when conducting, managing, using the results of, and communicating about scientific activities which should be of high quality and free from inappropriate influence. CDC continually works to strengthen its scientific integrity infrastructure to evolve and keep pace with advances in science and technology.

In January 2021, President Biden issued the Memorandum on Restoring Trust in Government Through Scientific Integrity and Evidence-Based Policymakingexternal icon. This memo charged the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) with convening a federal, interagency taskforce to review scientific integrity policies and practices. The goal is to identify ways for agencies to bolster their ability to protect and preserve science quality and integrity.

See also 1/12/22 HHS Commitment to Scientific Integrity.

To discuss scientific integrity concerns or report suspected research misconduct, contact the CDC Scientific Integrity Official:

Page last reviewed: December 22, 2021
Content source: Office of Science