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AAMC COI Metrics Project: Measuring the Cost and Outcomes of the NIH Rule on Financial Conflicts of Interest in PHS-Funded Research

On August 25, 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published the final rule on financial conflicts of interest (FCOIs) related to the conduct of research funded by the Public Health Service (PHS), entitled, “Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for which PHS Funding is Sought.” The AAMC, with 74 member institutions, has been measuring the rule’s impact, costs, and effectiveness.

Using annual aggregate data about institutions’ conflict of interest programs and review processes, disclosures made by investigators to institutions, and FCOIs identified and reported to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or other funding entities, the goal of the project is to provide benchmarking information to institutions and aggregate, de-identified data to the NIH to promote agency-level review of the individual and institutional burden of the rule as implemented.

To see the locations of the 74 participating institutions, click here to view the map .

Key Results from the AAMC COI Metrics Project (AAMC Analysis in Brief, April 2015)

This AAMC Analysis in Brief presents results from the first two years of the AAMC COI Metrics Project. The results demonstrate that institutions committed substantial resources in coming into compliance with the new requirements above the annual costs to administer the program. During the same period, the number of financial interests reviewed by institutions dramatically increased after implementation of the rule, without a proportional increase in the number of financial conflicts of interest identified and reported to a funding agency.

Additional Resources

Resources Accessible to AAMC COI Metrics Project Participants

  • AAMC COI Metrics Project First Annual Survey
  • First Annual Survey Instruction Guide
  • AAMC COI Metrics Project Second Annual Survey
  • Second Annual Survey Instruction Guide

Note: Some documents are only available to institutions participating in the AAMC COI Metrics Project. Please sign in to review.