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NIH Seeks Comments on Conflict of Interest Regulations

May 20, 2009

Last week the NIH issued a request for comments regarding potential changes to existing federal regulations covering conflicts of interest in the design, conduct, or reporting of NIH-affiliated research. Through an Advanced Notice of Public Rule Making (ANPRM), the regulations include topics such as:

  • Expanding the scope of regulation and disclosure interests;
  • Refining the definition of a "significant financial interest";
  • Determining how institutions can identify and manage conflicts;
  • Assuring institutional compliance;
  • Providing additional information to the Public Health Service (PHS); and,
  • Broadening regulations to address institutional conflicts of interest.

The comment period is open until July 7, 2009 and opinions may be submitted online, by fax, or by mail.

The NIH announcement, which contains a link to a PDF with specific questions for each topic and submission instructions, is available at: http://www.nih.gov/news/health/may2009/od-12.htm.