In the autumn of 1992, the Danish Medical Research Council established a Danish Committee on Scientific Dishonesty.1,2 A High Court Judge was appointed as chairman on the recommendation of the President of the High Court, and seven members were appointed on suggestion from institutes of higher education concerned with medical research, the Joint Committee of Directors of government research institutes, the Association of Local Governments, as well as the Danish Medical Society. The members, who all had recognised health science expertise, were appointed for a 3-year period. When this first period expired, the work of the committee was evaluated favourably and the Ministry of Research took over the responsibility for the future financial support. The original committee continued its work until the end of 1998. At this time new legislation was passed and an organisation covering fraud in all scientific fields was formed.

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