Financial Conflict of Interest

Effective August 1, 2012, the University of Massachusetts Medical School has implemented a Policy for Promoting Objectivity in Biomedical Research to comply with new federal financial conflict of interest reporting and training requirements. The new federal requirements are intended to promote objectivity in research by establishing standards that provide a reasonable expectation that the design, conduct, and reporting of sponsored research will be free from bias resulting from Investigator financial conflicts of interest.

Major changes include:

  • A more inclusive definition of "Investigator"
  • A revised disclosure process at the application stage
  • Lower financial disclosure thresholds
  • Disclosure of all activities relating to "Institutional Responsibilities"
  • A requirement to disclose sponsored travel
  • A new conflict-of-interest training requirement

The Office of Research has created this website to provide the UMMS research community with the resources needed to understand and manage this process.

FCOI Policy, Presentations and Resources:

Click here for the UMMS Policy on Conflict of Interest.

Click here for a slide presentation detailing the new regulatory requirements.

Click here for the slides presented at the RFS FCOI Brown Bag information session of July 9, 2012.

Click here for the most recent listing of UMMS personnel who have completed the CITI COI training module.