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Conflicts of Interest

Research Compliance - Conflicts of Interest Course

Individuals involved in sponsored research related activities will be required to complete DHSU's Research Compliance - Conflicts of Interest (COI) course.

The course is designed to provide researchers, support staff and administrative personnel with knowledge about ethical issues and legal requirements with regard to conflicts of interest and research misconduct.

Training will be required under the following circumstances:

  • Upon hire;
  • Prior to engaging in research related activities;
  • Routinely every four (4) years;
  • When DHSU's COI policy or procedures are revised in a manner that affects all Investigators;
  • If DHSU determines that an Investigator is not in compliance with the COI Policy or a particular management plan.

 

Who must complete Conflicts of Interest:

All funded and unfunded Investigators involved in research related activities must complete this course.  Click here for Instructions.

 

Investigator: An Investigator, for COI purposes, is defined as the project director, Principal Investigator, co-Principal Investigator, or any other person, regardless of title or position, who is responsible for the design, conduct or reporting of research.  The PI is responsible for identifying all Investigators involved in their research activities.   If the role of an individual is unclear and that individual has been previously designated as an Investigator, compliance with all training and filing requirements will be expected.

Staff and trainees, such as postdoctoral fellows, graduate and medical students, residents and fellows, and technicians who perform research tasks (including, but not limited to: recruit patients, collect data, handle data, enter data into an electronic capturing system, perform experiments, implement a protocol) under supervision but are not responsible for the design/conduct/reporting of research are not considered Investigators for purposes of COI.

 

Any individual required to complete Conflicts of Interest Training must also complete and submit a Conflicts of Interest Disclosure Form.

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NOTE - A USER ID IS REQUIRED TO LOG INTO THE RESEARCH COMPLIANCE TRAINING COURSE.  TO OBTAIN YOUR USER ID - PLEASE CONTACT THE OFFICE OF COMPLIANCE & AUDIT SERVICES AT (718) 270- 4033