What's New

April 2014 - Update #1

Institutional Review Board Committee News

1. IRB – Updated Conflict of Interest Policy and Form

The IRB Policy: Conflicts of Interest (COI) for Researchers and Research Staff (Part 1, Policy II-B) and the COI Disclosure Form have been updated. The major changes to the policy include:

  1. First major revision since 2009.
  2. Revised to mirror some aspects of the 2011 Public Health Services regulation on Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research.
  3. Instituted a new requirement for training on financial conflicts of interest to be completed at least every four years online through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) for ALL Researchers and Research staff.
  4. Revised financial interests which must be disclosed. This means any personal, professional, financial or ownership interest or other beneficial interest in the research, sponsor, product or service being tested or held by the researchers or researcher staff including immediate family (spouse and dependent children) and may include any of the following interests:
    • Ownership or interest of any value including but not limited to stocks and options (exclusive of interests in a publicly traded, diversified mutual fund).
    • Compensation of any value including but not limited to salary, honoraria, paid authorship, consultant fees, royalties, equity or other income.
    • Proprietary interest of any value including but not limited to, patents, trademarks, copyrights, licensing agreements or other intellectual property rights and interests.
    • Per subject or other recruitment bonuses paid in addition to the negotiated research budget.
    • A financial interest or compensation of any value which will be affected by the outcome of the research.
    • Serves or has ever served as a board member, executive, employee, consultant, advisor or speaker.
  5. Moved the COI disclosure requirements for IRB members and consultants to a separate policy.

Please review the revised policy and COI disclosure form. The policy will go into effect in June, 2014.

Researchers and research staff are encouraged to begin completing the training requirements and using the new disclosure form immediately.

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