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Conflicts of Interest and Transparency Initiatives

AAMC COI Metrics Project

AAMC is working with member medical schools and teaching hospitals to measure the effects and effectiveness of the rule using annual, aggregate data about conflict of interest review systems, disclosures made by investigators to institutions, and financial conflicts of interest identified and reported to federal funding agencies.  For more information about the Metrics Project, please visit  You may direct any questions to


Convey is a new secure online system designed to reduce the amount of time physicians, researchers, and scientists spend making required disclosures of financial interests. The state-of-the-art system will simplify the process of disclosing required information by providing a repository for individuals to enter and maintain records of their financial interests.

Open Payments (the Sunshine Act)

On February 8, 2013, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule entitled "Transparency Reports and Reporting of Physician Ownership or Investment Interests," (78 FR 9458). This rule implements section 6002 of the Affordable Care Act.

PHS Rule on Individual Conflicts of Interest in Federally-funded Research

On August 23, 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a final rule revising the regulations entitled "Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for which Public Health Service Funding is Sought and Responsible Prospective Contractors."

  • AAMC Report on Institutional Approaches to Implementing the Final NIH Rule on Financial Conflicts of Interest

    NIH Rule on Financial Conflicts of Interest Cover

    This report, issued in March 2012 by the AAMC, provides institutions subject to the new rule with some insight into how their peer institutions were thinking about these issues in the first few months after announcement of the new rule, and to provide a range of contemplated approaches.  The report captures the contributions of 48 AAMC member institutions that participated in a series of regional working meetings convened in late 2011.

Conflicts of Interest in Research

AAMC Reports on Individual and Institutional Financial Conflict of Interest Policies

Protecting Patients, Preserving Integrity, Advancing Health

Protecting Patients, Preserving Integrity, Advancing Health: Accelerating the Implementation of COI Policies in Human Subjects Research
This report, issued February 2008 by the AAMC and the Association of American Universities, called on all medical schools and major research universities to develop and implement institutional COI policies, and to refine standards for addressing individual financial COIs.