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Conflict of Interest in Research

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At The Ohio State University, shared values of excellence and impact are exemplified by the research community. Investigators conduct their research with integrity and respect, and build trust within the research community and throughout the wider community through honesty, transparency, and engagement. The Office of Research Compliance, Conflict of Interest group (ORC COI) and the Conflict Approval Committee (CAC) are committed to assisting investigators in the realization of these shared values through identifying, evaluating, and managing Financial Conflicts of Interest (FCOI) in research. An FCOI in research exists when financial interests could affect, or be perceived to affect, the design, conduct, or reporting of research. University policies and procedures for identifying, evaluating, and managing FCOI are designed to promote transparency and comply with federal regulations.

Federal Regulations

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ORC COI will respond within five business days to requests for information concerning any Significant Financial Interest (SFI) held by senior/key personnel that is both related to research funded by the Public Health Service or the Department of Energy, and that Ohio State has determined to be an FCOI. The response will include the investigator’s name, title, and role with respect to the research project, the name of the entity in which the SFI is held, the nature of the interest, and an approximate dollar value if it can be determined.