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Conflicts of Interest in Research

A conflict of interest (COI) can arise in situations in which financial or other personal considerations have the potential to compromise or bias professional judgment and objectivity, which can adversely impact the safety of human or animal research subjects. Conflicts of interest are often inherent to the nature of the research enterprise. Often a financial COI will simply present an appearance of compromising an investigator's professional judgment in conducting or reporting research. Accordingly, and whether real or perceived, all identified conflicts of interests must be addressed. Changes to the Public Health Service (PHS) regulation on COI prompted VCU’s development of the Activity and Interest Reporting System (AIRS). The AIRS is utilized for COI assessment for all research regardless of funding.

Using the AIRS

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

Policies, Regulations, and Resources

VCU COI in Research Program