Science is the backbone of EPA’s decision-making. The Agency’s ability to pursue its mission to protect human health and the environment depends upon the integrity of the science on which it relies. EPA’s Scientific Integrity Policy was issued in February 2012 and provides a framework to promote scientific and ethical standards and to create a proactive culture to support them. The Policy applies to all EPA employees including scientists, managers, political appointees as well as contractors, grantees, collaborators, and student volunteers.

What is Scientific Integrity?

Scientific Integrity results from adherence to professional values and practices, when conducting and applying the results of science and scholarship. It ensures:

  • Objectivity
  • Clarity
  • Reproducibility
  • Utility

Scientific Integrity is important because it provides insulation from:

  • Bias
  • Fabrication
  • Falsification
  • Plagiarism
  • Outside interference
  • Censorship
  • Inadequate procedural and information security

    Why is Scientific Integrity Important?

    • Scientific integrity helps to build public support. People are more likely to support the Agency if they can trust the quality and integrity of its work.

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