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.