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Reason for Policy
This policy seeks to prevent conflicts of interest between commercial Vendors doing business with the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) and UMMS’ Faculty Members, and Students. Such potential conflicts can be viewed as influencing patient care and/or purchasing/procurement.
This policy, working in tandem with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Ethics Laws (M.G.L. c. 268A), strives to ensure that relationships between the UMMS Faculty Members or Students and commercial Vendor representatives enhance the University’s mission as a center of excellence for teaching and research.
This policy recognizes that some UMMS Faculty Members provide patient care and/or conduct research in various hospitals, outpatient settings, and research centers that may have their own policies governing Vendor relations and conflicts of interest. Such policies may vary from this policy. When two or more policies govern the relationships of UMMS faculty members with commercial vendors, the faculty member must comply with all restrictions. Each faculty member must identify and adhere to the applicable policies.
People Governed By This Policy
The UMMS Faculty and Student Vendor Relations Conflict of Interest Policy apply to all UMMS Faculty Members and Students, unless otherwise specified. When UMMS faculty are subject to other laws, regulations or policies, this policy supplements those laws and regulations and policies but does not supersede them. In each case where such laws or regulations or policies differ from this policy, faculty members must comply with the most restrictive applicable standard.
Specific areas of this policy that apply to medical students are indicated below, however, students are responsible for abiding by the entire policy which is available at: http://inside.umassmed.edu/uploadedFiles/policies/Faculty_Administration/Faculty%20and%20Student%20Vendor%20Relations%20COI%20Policy.pdf