In August 2012, Rush will finish revising its policies in accordance with recent changes to federal regulations on disclosing and reporting conflicts of interest. The new regulations, announced last year by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, include the following changes from previous rules for researchers:
- Investigators must disclose to their institutions all of their significant financial interests related to their institutional responsibilities.
- Investigators must disclose significant financial interests beginning at $5,000 (rather than $10,000 previously).
- Institutions such as Rush must report to the Public Health Service additional information on identified financial conflicts of interest and how they are being managed.
- Investigators must complete training related to the regulations and their institution's financial conflict of interest policy.
- Institutions must make certain information accessible to the public concerning identified financial conflicts of interest held by investigators.
Rush will make its updated policies on conflicts of interest accessible online. In addition, Rush will post on its website information about disclosures that meet the monetary threshold and are deemed a financial conflict of interest.
The Office of Research Compliance urges all physician-researchers to complete the conflict of interest annual survey in a reasonable time and to update the survey in the Rush research portal if changes occur. For additional information, contact Stephanie Guzik, director of research compliance, at (312) 942-1296.