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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Conflicts of Interest

SUNY Downstate Conflicts of Interest Policy

SUNY Downstate Medical Center (DMC) works hard to ensure that its activities are conducted in an ethical and bias-free environment.  In conjunction with DMC's Code of Conduct, the Conflict of Interest Policy guides DMC Investigators in their everyday work, outlines required and prohibited conduct, and provides guidance on how potential conflicts of interest can be managed.


DMC advances its mission, in part, by creating collaborative partnerships with external individuals and entities.  Such entities may include other educational and research institutions or private businesses.  Outside activity may create real, potential, or apparent conflicts of interest, any of which may harm or damage the reputation of the individual or DMC.  This Policy provides guidance for complying with the Federal revised regulation - Responsibility of Applicants for Promoting Objectivity in Research for which Public Health Service Funding is Sought and Responsible Contractors -while furthering the mission of DMC.


DMC Investigators hold positions of trust and must act in the best interests of DMC.  DMC Investigators must avoid any activity that impairs or would reasonably appear to impair the individual's ability to perform his/her duties with independence and objectivity.  A COI arises if personal relationships or activities interfere, or appear to interfere, with the individual's ability to act in the best interests of DMC.



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Research Foundation Standards of Review

SUNY/ RF Standards of Review*

  • As a SUNY/ RF/ DMC Employee, you must not make personal investments in organizations that you have reason to believe may be directly involved in or related to decisions made by you on behalf of SUNY/ RF/ DMC or will otherwise create substantial conflict between your duties on behalf of SUNY/ RF/ DMC and your private interest.
  • You may not represent SUNY/ RF/ DMC in any transaction with a business entity or organization if you or a Related Party has a financial or other Interest in that entity.
  • Procurement of goods or services on behalf of SUNY/ RF/ DMC must be consistent with SUNY/ RF/ DMC’s procurement policy.
  • You may not accept employment or engage in any business or professional activity that will impair the independence of your judgment in the exercise of your duties for SUNY/ RF/ DMC.
  • You may use confidential information gained in the course of your duties only in furtherance of your official SUNY/ RF/ DMC duties and you may not use SUNY/ RF/ DMC confidential information to further your personal interests or that of a Related Party. You cannot accept employment or engage in any outside business or professional activity that will require you to disclose SUNY/ RF/ DMC confidential information.
  • You cannot misappropriate the property, services or other resources of SUNY/ RF/ DMC – whether for yourself or someone else.
  • You may not, by your conduct, give reasonable basis for the impression that any person can improperly influence you or unduly enjoy your favor in the performance of your duties, or that you are affected by the kinship, rank, position, or influence of any party or person.
  • You may not use, or attempt to use, your position to secure unwarranted privileges or exemptions for yourself or others. Bribery, extortion, and other attempts to exert undue influence are strictly prohibited.
  • Acceptance or procurement of gifts may create a personal benefit. Employees cannot seek or accept any items or services if doing so will compromise or appear to compromise his or her ability to make objective and unbiased decisions in SUNY/ RF/ DMC’s best interest. The acceptance or procurement of any gift that violates NYS Public Officers Law Sections 73 and 74 is prohibited.


*Pursuant to the Research Foundation for the State University of New York ("RF") Conflict of Interest Policy.