Conflict of Interest Disclosures: More Than Just Your Institution

Sometimes it can feel that you are asked to do conflict of interest disclosures everywhere you turn. Whether it’s research related, required by your entity, or part of a relationship with an outside company, everyone asks for different information in different formats and for different timeframes. We know it can be frustrating! Recent news has reminded us how important it is to accurately disclose all financial relationships and interests in all of the places you are required to do so.

It is imperative that you keep your MedStar conflict of interest disclosures up to date. Additionally, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have accurately and consistently disclosed financial interests when you publish or present research. Individuals who completed the FY19 disclosure before July 1, 2019 must now go into the system to certify that the information entered previously is accurate for the entire fiscal year, or update as needed. The instructions for certifying your disclosure or revising the disclosure as needed are available here. As a researcher, the FY 2020 questionnaire is available for you to complete between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

Do you have a question about your conflict of interest obligations at MedStar? We can help! Questions about the conflict of interest process, disclosures, and requirements for research can be addressed by the Research Compliance Director, Kate Cohen, [email protected], 301-560-7396. Questions about the MedStar conflict of interest process outside of the research context can be addressed by your entity compliance officer.