The problem is that low quality publications actually represent negative productivity.
Yep. but you will never get a bureaucrat to understand this. It's like in our hospitals - you can never convince administration that you actually WANT empty beds - because that means the population is healthy and empty beds are a sign of success of the health system. No, that won't fly. It's all about bed turnover per day, and bed occupancy rates.
Meanwhile, it wouldn't hurt to have a bit of a side conversation with someone in legal (for a start), then escalate it to formal conversations with them via email (again, print those suckers off) should nothing get resolved.
You don't have to approach them as if you are blowing the whistle on your boss. Just tell them you are concerned about your personal liability should you get caught breaking the law.