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Financial Conflict of Interest

Financial Conflict of Interest

Objective: PHMC is committed to promoting objectivity in research in accordance with the U.S. Department of Health (HHS) financial conflict of interest (FCOI) regulations. Per HHS’s regulations, PHMC’s FCOI policy requires the disclosure and review of significant financial interests (SFIs) to identify FCOIs that may bias the design, conduct, and reporting of research funded by a HHS Public Health Service (PHS) component or that implements PHS’s FCOI disclosure requirements. PHMC’s FCOI policy seeks to balance the needs of: (1) the PHMC enterprise by upholding the federal regulations and preserving its reputation; (2) the investigators by respecting professional connections; (3) the science by maintaining its integrity; (4) the research subjects by upholding the ethical principles of respect for persons, beneficence, and justice; and (5) the public by informing stakeholders and the community of potential biases that may influence the research.


FCOI Committee: The FCOI Committee is comprised of experts in law and medicine who establish management plans for investigators with FCOIs. The FCOI Committee convenes when new FCOIs are identified and when ongoing monitoring of previously identified FCOIs is required.


FCOI Administration: FCOI operations are managed by a FCOI Compliance Officer who solicits disclosures of SFIs at the time of a grant proposal, prior to the expenditure of funds, annually for ongoing projects, and when a new SFI is discovered or acquired. The FCOI Compliance Officer performs an initial screening of SFIs to detect real or perceived FCOIs that require a management plan. The FCOI Compliance Officer works with the FCOI Committee to establish management plans and communicate the FCOI Committee’s recommendations to investigators.


This FCOI Policy Adheres to:

42 CFR Part 50 Subpart F: Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for Which PHS Funding is Sought

45 CFR Part 94: Responsible Prospective Contractors


These federal regulations require that PHMC make publicly available the names of all investigators who have a FCOI. This information is updated at least annually and within 60 days of PHMC’s identification of a new FCOI, and is current as of the date listed below. Below are the names of investigators with current conflicts:


Researcher with FCOI: None


Last Updated: June 2019



Contact: For further information on PHMC’s FCOI policy or FCOI Committee, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All active FCOIs are subject to management and monitoring plans developed by the FCOI Management & Monitoring Committee and implemented by the Office of Research Compliance.