News and Updates

7/24/2015: Notice of approved policy: Institutional Conflicts of Interest in Research - Interim Institutional conflicts of interest (ICOI) are of concern when competing financial interests create the potential for inappropriate influence over research activities at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Such influence can emanate from individuals among VCU leadership who hold positions of trust, as well as within the university itself, its entities, and holdings. This policy describes a process to assess for, identify, and manage ICOI in research.

5/10/2015: Email communication from the Vice President for Research about the Annual Update in the AIRS

FINAL RULE ("Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for which Public Health Service Funding is Sought and Responsible Prospective Contractors") published in the Federal Register on August 25, 2011 regarding financial conflicts of interest in research. This document is available as a PDF here.

This policy replaces regulations that have been in place since 1995. The new regulations have a major impact on the identification, reporting, and management of financial conflicts, especially for individuals who are involved in research sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other agencies of the Public Health Service. The NIH has compared the 1995 and 2012 regulations, highlighting selected changes and this document can be downloaded here.

The compliance date for the PHS Final Rule was August 24, 2012.