PURPOSE / SCOPE:
This policy defines responsibilities of ICOM employees and others associated with ICOM to disclose, assess, and monitor conflicts of interest with respect to externally funded research grants, and any sponsored program including contracts, subcontracts, and cooperative agreements.
This policy ensures compliance with the United States Department of Health and Health Services (HHS) financial conflict of interest (FCOI) regulation (specifically 42 CFR Part 50 Subpart F) regarding externally funded programs by establishing standards that provide a reasonable expectation that the design, conduct, and reporting of research will be free from bias resulting from individuals’ financial conflicts of interests. This policy applies to all ICOM administration, faculty, and staff and any other person, regardless of title or position with ICOM, who applies for external funding or who is responsible for or proposes the design, conduct, or reporting of research funded by any external sponsor, including all grants, contracts and subcontracts funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and including students, collaborators and consultants. In those situations where a possible conflict of interest exists, this policy will enable applicable individuals to recognize such conflicts, ensure that the facts are reviewed, and if necessary, that the individual participants comply with this policy and the FCOI regulation and are supervised or monitored to assure that the integrity of ICOM’s mission is not compromised.
Chair of the Department of Research