Anyone who finds themselve confronted with specific circumstances which might violate the rules of good scientific practice or give cause to suspect scientific misconduct should be afforded an effective opportunity to confidentially voice their concerns without fear of prejudice to their own person. The purpose of the ombudsperson is to be a point of contact and advice independent of the institute management for those wishing to give evidence or information.   According to the rules of the MPG, the ombudsperson, who must be neutral, independent, appropriately qualified and of considerable personal integrity, is elected by the scientific staff to be available to all concerned as a confidential advisor in cases where there is suspicion of a violation of the principles of good scientific practice.
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