Public Comments Sought on Regulations for Financial Conflicts of Interest in Federally-Funded Research

The National Institutes of Health is seeking comments from the public on possible changes to the federal regulations regarding Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for which Public Health Service (PHS) Funding Is Sought (42 C.F.R. Part 50, Subpart F) and Responsible Prospective Contractors (45 C.F.R. Part 94). The Advance Notice of Proposed Rule Making (ANPRM) was motivated by NIH’s ongoing commitment to enhance effective oversight and regulatory compliance. Through the ANPRM, NIH invites public comment on all aspects of the regulation, with particular interest in potential for expanding the scope of the regulation and disclosure interests; the definition of “Significant Financial Interest” identification and management of conflicts by institutions; assuring institutional compliance; requiring institutions to provide additional information to the PHS; and broadening the regulations to address institutional conflicts of interest.

Comments must be received by July 7, 2009

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