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MedStar Health policies require that all individuals engaged in the conduct of research complete the annual conflict of interest disclosure. The annual research conflicts of interest disclosure process is designed to manage financial and nonfinancial research interests. As you probably know, MedStar Health Research Institute is required to manage conflicts of interests as a condition of receiving federal funding for research.
If you held a research role at MedStar in fiscal year 2019 (FY19), you may have already entered data into the COISmart system during the fiscal year. If you have completed the questionnaire as a researcher during FY19, a link to the conflict of interest disclosure will be sent to you in July. You will be required to ensure that the disclosure on file for FY19 accurately reflects any external relationships you have for the entire fiscal year. When you receive that email in July, please follow the link in that email to certify your previous disclosure if it already reflects all external relationships you have had during FY19. Use the “revision” links in the questionnaire to update your answers if necessary and resubmit the questionnaire to ensure that it accurately reflects a full fiscal year of reporting (July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019). The instructions for certifying your disclosure or revising the disclosure as needed are available here. As a researcher, the FY 2020 questionnaire is also available for you to complete between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020.
If you have any questions about the conflict of interest policy or accessing the COISmart system to make disclosures, contact the Research Compliance Program at firstname.lastname@example.org.