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The Office of Research Support (ORS) does not administer or oversee HOP policy 5-2011 or training related to the policy. ORS administers HOP policy 7-1210, “Promoting Objectivity in Research by Managing, Reducing or Eliminating Financial Conflicts of Interest” so if you conduct research and have:

  1. Not submitted a Financial Interest Disclosure (FID), you will need to complete mandatory training and file a FID. Instructions for completing these requirements are located at http://www.utexas.edu/research/rsc/coi/training.html.
  2. Previously submitted a FID, you are not required to complete additional training nor re-disclose the same information to comply with the UTS 180/HOP 5-2011 policy requirements.   However, you may have other responsibilities under that policy.

HOP policy 5-2011 QUESTIONS? Contact the Provost’s Office evpp_coi@austin.utexas.edu or call Mike Kerker, Associate Vice Provost at (512) 471-2694.

Conflict of Interest News

Requirement for Financial Conflict of Interest Disclosures

The University of Texas at Austin revised Objectivity in Research policy will be implemented on August 23, 2012. The new policy incorporates changes to meet updated federal requirements governing disclosure and reporting of Financial Conflicts of Interest and will affect all individuals who are responsible for the design, conduct or reporting of research. There are additional disclosure requirements for researchers funded by the Public Health Service (PHS) and staff working on PHS-funded studies.

The revised policy requires completion of Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) training by all individuals who are responsible for the design, conduct, or reporting of research at least every four years. A web-based training module is available at http://www.utexas.edu/research/rsc/coi/training.html.

Upon completion of COI training, all affected researchers will be required to complete a web-based Financial Interest Disclosure (FID) form. The revised policy requires completion of the FID form annually or whenever changes occur. Currently, after 24-48 hours after completion of training, individuals will receive an email with a link to the disclosure form. ORS is working to make the link immediately available and will post a link on this page when it is available.

For information on the new PHS policy, see the list of Frequently Asked Questions at the National Institutes of Health website. At the University, the Office of Research Support is providing updates on its Conflict of Interest page.

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