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Conflicts of Interest and Transparency Initiatives

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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.

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Rule on Financial 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 Conflicts of Interest Metrics Project

AAMC worked with member medical schools and teaching hospitals to measure the effect and effectiveness of the HHS final rule on financial conflicts of interest in federally-funded research 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. 

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.

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.