Government Scientists Protected From Muzzling or Interference

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Tuesday, July 31, 2018
adult, biology, chemical

A new directive from the federal Liberal Government permits federal scientists to be protected against and muzzling or political interference.

All federal departments must have scientific integrity policies in place by the end of this year.

The Minister of Science, Kirsty Duncan, said "it's just another step in strengthening science-and evidence-based decision making." 

Goals of the model scientific integrity policy include:
  • encouraging federal scientists to speak freely about their work and engage with the public;
  • fostering a culture that supports and promotes scientific integrity in all science and research; and
  • increasing the reliability of, and public trust in, government science and research.

The new policy will be shared with federal departments and agencies that employ scientists and researchers. These departments and agencies will use the model policy to develop their own scientific integrity policies that meet their departmental and employee needs. These departmental policies must be in place by the end of the year.

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