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Conflict of Interest and Conflict of Commitment
For Investigators engaged in Public Health Service (PHS) funded research:
Please note:    PHS agencies include: OASH, ASPR, OGA, AHRQ, ATSDR, CDC, FDA, HRSA, HIS, NIH and SAMHSA

PHS and Non-PHS agencies list: Require Compliance with PHS FCOI Regulations
As a researcher at the University of South Alabama you are obligated to disclose all monetary financial interest in an outside company or other entity as it relates to your institutional responsibilities. This disclosure ensures that both you and the Institution are compliant with the federal regulations designed to safeguard objectivity in research.
Public Health Service (PHS) financial conflict of interest regulations go into effect on August 24, 2012.
Regulation changes affect:
  • Disclosure of financial or management interest(s)
  • Evaluation by department chair/supervisor of disclosures to identify if an outside interest(s) could directly and significantly affect the design, conduct, or reporting of research
  • Management of any identified conflict
  • Reporting of that conflict to Awarding Component of the research, as applicable
  • Training of all PHS-funded investigators prior to the expenditure of funds on any newly-funded projects, including noncompeting continuation awards. This applies to all PHS-sponsored research projects as of August 24, 2012. Training must be completed at least every four years.
The University of South Alabama is currently reviewing its policies for disclosure, evaluation, management and reporting processes.
Subrecipients: Financial Conflict of Interest Resource Repository
Financial Conflict of Interest Certification form
Educational Resources
CITI Conflict of Interest Training
USA Requirements - For Those Impacted By The New Rule
Guidance for Determining if a Financial Conflict of Interest is Related to PHS-Funded Sponsored Projects
FAQs: PHS Requirement to Disclose Sponsored/Reimbursed Travel
PHS Regulation Change Flyer: What Researchers Need to Know
Financial Conflict of Interest Presentation with Case Studies
NIH Financial Conflict of Interest FAQs
PHS regulations
The NIH Financial Conflict of Interest web page contains links to:
  • HHS Final Rule: PHS regulations on Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for which PHS Funding is Sought and Responsible Prospective Contractors (PDF)
  • Summary of Major Changes (PDF)

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