Good Scientific Practice

At Otto von Guericke University and thus also at Magdeburg University Medical Center (UMMD), research is conducted according to the principle of "good scientific practice". The term "good scientific practice" describes professional quality in the scientific system. The principle of scientific work can be summarized as follows:

  • comprehensible, verifiable and visible documentation of all results,
  • consistent self- and external criticism of the results and
  • honesty with regard to the contributions of partners, competitors and predecessors.

The basis for this mode of operation is the Code "Leitlinien zur Sicherung guter wissenschaftlicher Praxis" ab 01.08.2019 of the German Research Foundation (DFG, see also Portal zur wissenschaftlichen Integrität).

On the basis of these DFG recommendations, the Otto von Guericke University has created the Leitlinien zum Umgang mit wissenschaftlichem Fehlverhalten and corresponding committees, such as theKommission für den Umgang mit wissenschaftlichem Fehlverhalten 

In addition, the Ethikkommission der Medizinischen Fakultät ethical, medical-scientific and legal aspects in medical research involving human subjects.

In addition to good scientific practice, clinical trials must also be conducted in accordance with the rules of good clinical practice (GCP). GCP represents an international standard for, among other things, the planning, execution, quality assurance, documentation, evaluation, and reporting of clinical studies in order to ensure that the data and the reported results are plausible. In addition, the GCP, with its rules established according to ethical and scientific aspects, serves in particular to ensure the well-being of study participants, their appropriate information and the corresponding informed consent. Further information on planning and conducting clinical trials can be found on the pages of the Koordinierungszentrums für klinische Studien (KKS).

To ensure high quality research and comprehensible sustainable research results, a professional Forschungsdatenmanagements. Otto von Guericke University has also developed guidelines for this. The Institute for Biometry and Medical Informatics, the Data Integration Center, and the IT and Medical Technology Business Unit, among others, provide UMMD scientists with consulting and support services as well as technical solutions for storing and archiving biomedical data and for cross-site collaboration.

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