New Conflict of Interest in Research Policy

Assistant Vice President for Research Administration Brenda Seiton spoke to the Council on new federal regulations that will directly affect Emory faculty members receiving Public Health Service research dollars. The newly revised conflict of interest regulations go into effect in 2012 and affect awards issued after August 24, 2012. In essence, investigators must now report significant financial interests related to their institutional responsibilities. “Before, it was left to the investigators to determine whether a financial interest was related to their research project,” Seiton explained. “So what they have done is said, let’s take that out of the investigator’s hands and put it into the hands of the institution.” The new regulations lower the threshold of review to a total of $5,000 in income and equity, require the reporting of travel directly reimbursed to an individual and not funded by a US academic institution or the government, require the public disclosure of all conflicts of interest, and mandate training in conflict of interest policies for all faculty receiving external support. For details, visit


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