UTROG Petitions EPA to Adopt Conflicts Disclosure Rule

The University of Texas Regulatory Oversight Group (UTROG) today petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to adopt a policy requiring that parties who submit research and data disclose sponsor influence and related conflicts of interest.

The petition argues that the EPA relies heavily on privately produced research in its decision-making but that the agency can only give this research proper weight if it understands the degree to which it may have been subject to biasing effects.

Conflicts disclosure is a common practice within the scientific community and is already required by other federal agencies. In its petition, UTROG recommends as a template the disclosure form that the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors uses.

UTROG is an unofficial organization at the University of Texas comprised of law and other graduate students who work with law professors to identify opportunities to ensure optimal public engagement and participation in federal and state regulatory programs. UTROG’s goal is to provide an independent, balanced, and rigorous analysis of important regulatory issues. Its positions are not necessarily the positions of the administration of the University of Texas.