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Conflicts of Interest

Conflicts of Interest (COIs) are inherent to the nature of the research enterprise. A COI can arise in situations in which there exists discord between a primary duty and a secondary interest. COIs can be either financial or non-financial and can yield conscious or subconscious bias in the conduct and/or interpretation of research, and can adversely impact the safety of human or animal research subjects. Often financial COIs will simply present an appearance of compromising an investigator's professional judgment in conducting or reporting the results of research. Accordingly, and whether real or perceived, all identified conflicts of interests must be addressed. Changes to the Public Health Service regulation on COI prompted VCU’s development of the Activity and Interest Reporting System (AIRS). The AIRS for COI assessment is utilized for all research regardless of funding.

Using the AIRS

VCU utilizes the Activity and Interest Reporting System (AIRS) for reporting Financial Interests of 'Investigators' who have responsibility and independence in the design, conduct and reporting of research.

Policy, Regulations, Resources

VCU COI Program

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