US research agency halves threshold for reporting financial conflicts of interest

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 25 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5447
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington DC

From August 2012 anyone receiving a grant from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) worth $5000 (£3030; €3470) or more will have to publicly disclose their financial conflicts of interest. Since 1995 the threshold for reporting financial ties has been $10 000.

Francis Collins, director of NIH, said on 23 August that the US government “is committed to preserving the public trust and the objectivity of biomedical and behavioural research.”

It also wants to see “flourishing partnerships between NIH funded researchers and industry . . . in a way that is transparent.” Dr Collins called the revised rules “a significant change . . . that reflects the highest ethical standards” within the evolving complexity of research.

Reporting responsibilities will shift from individual …

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