158 Ethics Violations Found in Research by Japanese Institute

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Suita, Osaka Pref., May 30 (Jiji Press)--Japan's National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, or NCVC, said Thursday it has found 158 cases of research that was conducted in violation of the country's ethical standards.

The cases include the use of patients' information without their consent, the NCVC said. There have been no reports of health damage linked to these cases that involved follow-up research, the institute said.

"We deeply apologize for the misconduct," NCVC President Hisao Ogawa said at a press conference in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, where the institute is based.

One violation, in which research on cardiac diseases was conducted without ethics review committee approval, occurred in fiscal 2013 and fiscal 2018 each, the NCVC said. The institute said it has requested that related research papers be withdrawn.

The NCVC said 156 additional cases of violation have occurred since fiscal 2013, in which treatment data was utilized without being shown to patients.

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