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Conflicts of Interest in Research

Financial Conflicts of Interest Regulations

Final Rule on Regulations Related to 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.

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 www.aamc.org/metricsproject.  You may direct any questions to COIMetrics@aamc.org.

Conflicts of Interest in Medical Education

Industry Funding of Medical Education: Report of an AAMC Task Force

The 2008 final report of the AAMC Task Force on Industry Funding of Medical Education examines the benefits and pitfalls associated with industry funding of medical education, and offers principles, recommendations, and guidelines to assist members in refashioning industry relationships to better conform to high standards of medical professionalism.


Conflicts of Interest in Clinical Care

In the Interest of Patients: Recommendations for Physician Financial Relationships and Clinical Decision MakingIn the Interest of Patients: Recommendations for Physician Financial Relationships and Clinical Decision Making
This 2010 AAMC report urges U.S. teaching hospitals to establish policies that manage financial relationships between physicians and industry so that these relationships do not influence patient care.


Science Behind Conflicts of Interest

The Scientific Basis of Influence and Reciprocity

AAMC Symposium on the Scientific Basis of Influence and Reciprocity
The June 12, 2007 AAMC Symposium on the Scientific Basis of Influence and Reciprocity brought together experts who discussed emerging neurobiological and psychosocial evidence demonstrating the effects of gifts, favors, and reciprocal relationships on human choices and behaviors.