Forum on Conflict of Interest (FOCI)
The Forum on Conflict of Interest provides a forum for the leadership in the biomedical arena who oversee and manage conflicts of interest to promote the highest ethical and professional standards in the conduct of their institutions as they carry out their missions of patient care, research, education, business, and service.
FOCI members are appointed or can request to join the group.
Recent FOCI Conferences
- 2023 Forum on Conflict of Interest Professional Development Conference
- 2022 Forum on Conflict of Interest Professional Development Meeting
Related AAMC Publications and Resources
- Protecting Patients, Preserving Integrity, Advancing Health: Accelerating the Implementation of COI Policies in Human Subjects Research
- CMS' Open Payments Rules and Database
- Conflicts of Interest and Transparency Initiatives
- AAMC COI Metrics Project: Measuring the Impact of the Public Health Service Regulations on Conflicts of Interest
Guide to FOCI
FOCI offers educational opportunities related to conflict of interest issues; provides a national forum for discussion of the development and application of conflict of interest standards related to research, medical education, and clinical decision-making; and serves as a resource for institutions, policymakers, the media, and the public.
To promote and advance ethical standards in universities and their academic affiliates related to individual and institutional conflicts arising from external financial and fiduciary interests.
Membership currently consists of over 600 individual representatives from over 200 institutions and organizations. Representatives are self-appointed or appointed by an official of the institution's COI or research office. FOCI membership includes representation from universities, academic health centers, medical schools, teaching hospitals and other hospitals that have substantive research programs, and research institutes. Institutions may have more than one representative.
Current representatives include senior institutional officials who are accountable for conflict of interest oversight (e.g., institutional vice president, associate dean for research or research administration, vice president, dean, or associate dean); directors and staff of conflict of interest offices; chairs and members of conflict of interest committees; compliance officers; CME officials; chief medical officers; and members of offices of general counsel.
How to Join FOCI
The official charter is currently being updated and will be posted upon finalization.
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