NIH Conflict-of-interest Final Rule Makes Changes to Current Practice

Aug. 30, 2011 — A final rule from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued last week (76 FR 53256) modifies the existing conflict-of-interest rules established in 1995 in an effort to “enhance the objectivity and integrity of the research process,” according to an in-depth article on the subject published Aug. 25 in Policy and Medicine.

The article, “National Institutes of Health Final Rule on Conflict of Interest Summary,” outlines the rule’s major changes (including a new definition for significant financial interest (SFI)), its evolution, and a summary of key provisions, including SFI, travel and exclusions. The article also spells out the responsibilities of institutions regarding investigator conflicts of interest, management and reporting of conflicts

of interest, reporting of financial conflicts of interest, and remedies and enforcement.

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