European Medicines Agency tightens rules on conflict of interest

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 19 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5902
  1. Deborah Cohen
  1. 1BMJ

The European Medicines Agency has launched much stricter rules for its experts’ interaction with the drug industry.

The agency’s new guidance on conflicts of interest says that people who have financial interests in a company or who consult or are a member of a company’s advisory board will have their work with the agency severely restricted.

People will be asked to fill in a declaration of interests form and will be assigned a “risk” score that is based on their links with industry. The agency will also consider whether an expert’s institution receives money from a company or whether the expert is an investigator on …

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