Swedish Ethics Authority
forged documents - reports
The Swedish Ethics Committee has been accused of forging dates and
addresses on documents and research reports. According to news reports,
the dated documents were shifted back in time and addresses changed to
a new address.
The Swedish medical journal, Dagens Medicin reports that the Central
Ethical Review Board was behind with their work and documents were left
lying without action for several years. When it was realised, instead
of trying to fix what was broken, they instead decided to date them
back in time and change the addresses to reflect something recent.
The mal- operation has been widely carried out by various Swedish media
outlets and the radio Sweden add that these documents were backdated
several years, so that it looks as if the documents are drawn up
several years ago.
Radio Sweden add that "We found six cases where matters remained for
several years without a decision. And there are at least a handful of
similar cases " that have not been attended to.
The situation was exposed when the journalist, Mia Wärngård from Dagens
Medicin requested copies of documents for some analysis.
Everything looked right out at first. Then she found out that the
document she had received were counterfeits.
"Then I found out that they were cut and pasted, such that the dating
of the decisions did not match the address that the authority was at
the time of dating. To cut down the origin of a public document and
change it I do not think is okay," says Mia Wärngård.
The fear now is that a forgery clime might have been committed here.
Central Ethical Review Board has its office at the Swedish Research
Council, Stockholm. It's work is the vetting of the ethics of research
and is overseen by the Parliamentary Ombudsman and the Chancellor
by Scancomark.se Team