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US government issues guidelines on conflicts of interest in research

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 12 April 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:782
  1. Charles Marwick
  1. Washington

    The US Department of Health and Human Services has issued guidelines, after considerable delays, on what clinical researchers should do to avoid financial conflicts of interest. Concerns have been increasing that the financial interests of individuals and institutions in the outcome of a research project might adversely affect the rights and welfare of research participants.

    The department's guidelines list 24 points for institutions and investigators to bear in mind when dealing with possible financial conflicts of interest. They suggest that institutions set up a system that would separate research responsibilities from financial decisions, and create conflict of interest committees that would …

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