Conflict of Interest

Table of Contents:

UMMS Conflict of Interest Board (MEDCOI)

UMMS Clinical and Educational Conflict of Interest Committee (CECOIC)

UMMS Policies Related to Clinical and Educational Conflicts of Interest

UMMS COI Department Liaisons Group

University and UMHS Policies Relating to COI or COC

The University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) policy on Conflicts of Interest (COI) and Conflicts of Commitment (COC) requires that all UMHS Faculty, House Officers, Fellows and Staff must disclose any potential COIs of themselves or their family members and any potential COCs to their department chairs or supervisors. Click here to go to the MInform Outside Interest Disclosure site.  

Excerpts from UMMS Policy on Consulting for Industry and Expert Advisory Panels

Effective August 24, 2012, Public Health Service (PHS) agencies implemented stricter mandatory regulations for reporting outside interests and for managing financial conflicts of interest.   Key components of the regulation impact who needs to disclose, how often to disclose, the scope for FCOI review, and the public availability of FCOI data.  Click these links to view the UM Policy for Identification and Management of Financial Conflicts of Interest,  the UM Outside Interest Disclosure Process, a list of Frequently Asked Questions.  Highlights of the rule include:

  1. Applies to more researchers: PI and anyone else responsible for design, conduct or reporting of research
  2. Lower threshold for reporting: From $10K to $5K for remuneration from outside organizations; from $10K to any amount for equity in non-publicly traded company
  3. More frequent disclosure/updatingMust disclose new/changes to outside interest within 30 days (including travel) and must be current within 30 days prior to submission of PHS grant application
  4. Travel must be disclosedAny travel paid for, or reimbursed by, an outside organization (some exceptions apply) must be reported within 30 days, not later
  5. More info must be shared: Financial COI details and management plan must be provided to funding agency prior to spending on award, and selected info must be available to public on website or within 5 business days of request
  6. Training requirement: Researchers must be trained on new rule and UMMS implementation procedures prior to engaging in research and at least every 4 years, and training must be completed within 30 days for key personnel not previously trained
  7. Non-compliance leads to evaluation and report: Review of potential for research bias is required in event of non-compliance with rule

The Medical School Conflict of Interest Board may need to review and approve potential COI if it is related to research, technology transfer or other matters designated by UMHS.  Click here for a list of links to other applicable University and UMHS policies.  For questions regarding Conflict of Interest and Outside Interest Disclosure, please contact June Insco at 734-615-1702.

UMMS Conflict of Interest Board (MEDCOI)

UMMS has appointed a Medical School Conflict of Interest Board to review disclosures by faculty members and/or professional staff and to recommend appropriate conflict management. This Board is advisory to the Dean of the University of Michigan Medical School and the Office of the Vice President of Research (OVPR) .

The OVPR has charged the Medical School Conflict of Interest Board to review sponsored projects and technology transfer matters that may trigger the State of Michigan Conflict of Interest Law . UMMS has charged this Board with implementing internal UMMS policies related to COI and Conflict of Commitment (COC), which predate federal requirements.

The Board will review annual disclosures from all faculty; develop and interpret policies and procedures related to COI or COC and non-compliance; provide a mechanism for appeal; and report any unresolved issues to the University.

Committee Roster          Meeting Schedule

UMMS Clinical and Educational Conflict of Interest Committee (CECOIC)

The Clinical and Educational COI Committee will serve the Medical School in developing policies governing relationships between UMMS faculty, staff, trainees, students and biomedical industries in clinical and educational realms.  The Committee will serve as a resource in evaluating existent and potential relationships with biomedical industries and determining whether they are allowable within the provisions of established policies.

Click here to read the full report of the Conflict of Interest Group.

Committee Charge          Committee Roster          Meeting Schedule         

UMMS Policies Related to Clinical and Educational Conflicts of Interest

UMMS COI Department Liaisons Group

The COI Department Liaisons Group is comprised of administrative representatives from UMMS clinical and basic science departments, centers and institutes. The group's purposes are:

  • Change management—in the coming year we will experience many changes in the COI arena as new rules from the Public Health Service (PHS) go into effect, the CMS Sunshine Act moves into a new phase, and the Medical School’s Clinical and Educational COI committee develops new polices.
  • To provide an interactive forum for you to bring questions and concerns to our attention.
  • Identify a local “go to” person in departments/centers/institutes for COI concerns.  

Our first meeting was held on July 11, 2012, and the group will meet monthly through the end of the year.  Click in the list below to view the materials shared at that meeting.

New PHS Rule (annotated version)

If you would like to join the COI Department Liaisons group, please send an e-mail to Amy Spicer.

University and UMHS Policies Relating to COI or COC

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