On August 25, 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published the final rule on financial conflicts of interest (FCOI) 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 measured the rule’s impact and effectiveness using annual aggregate data about participating institutions’ COI 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. Results demonstrate that institutions committed substantial resources to come into compliance with the requirements. The number of financial interests reviewed by institutions also dramatically increased after implementation of the rule without a proportional increase in the number of FCOIs identified and reported to a funding agency. Key results from the COI Metrics Project can be found below. Get additional information about the AAMC’s COI initiatives.
COI Metrics Project Results and Reports
- Measuring the Cost and Outcomes of the NIH Regulations on Financial Conflicts of Interest in PHS-Funded Research (January 2020)
Final results covering the three years of the Metrics Project.
- Analysis in Brief (April 2015)
Results from the first two years of the Metrics Project.
- AAMC Conflicts of Interest and Transparency Initiatives
- AAMC COI Metrics Project Frequently Asked Questions
- Metrics Project Participating Institutions – Location Map
- AAMC Report on Institutional Approaches to Implementing the Final NIH Rule on Financial Conflicts of Interest (March 2012)
- HHS Final Rule (August 25, 2011)
- AAMC-AAU-ACE-APLU Comment Letter in Response to NPRM (August 17, 2010)