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Towards more uniform conflict disclosures

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 30 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3239
  1. Jeffrey M Drazen, editor in chief, New England Journal of Medicine,
  2. Peter W de Leeuw, editor in chief, Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde (Dutch Journal of Medicine),
  3. Christine Laine, editor, Annals of Internal Medicine,
  4. Cynthia Mulrow, secretary, International Committee of Medical Journal Editors , senior deputy editor, Annals of Internal Medicine,
  5. Catherine D DeAngelis, Editor in chief, JAMA,
  6. Frank A Frizelle, editor in chief, New Zealand Medical Journal,
  7. Fiona Godlee, editor in chief, BMJ,
  8. Charlotte Haug, editor in chief, Norwegian Medical Journal,
  9. Paul C Hébert, editor in chief, Canadian Medical Association Journal,
  10. Richard Horton, editor, Lancet,
  11. Sheldon Kotzin, associate director for library operations, National Library of Medicine,
  12. Ana Marusic, editor in chief, Croatian Medical Journal,
  13. Humberto Reyes, editor, Revista Médica de Chile,
  14. Jacob Rosenberg, editor, Journal of the Danish Medical Association,
  15. Peush Sahni, representative and past president, World Association of Medical Editors,
  16. Martin B Van Der Weyden, editor, Medical Journal of Australia,
  17. Getu Zhaori, editor in chief, China Medical Tribune

    The updated ICMJE conflict of interest reporting form

    The great variability in the processes that different journals use to ask about and report authors’ potential conflicts of interest creates confusion for authors, readers, and the public. To help reduce this confusion, the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) developed an electronic uniform disclosure form and placed it in the public domain in October 2009. The ICMJE member journals piloted the form, encouraged other journals to use it, and invited feedback. We recognised that the reporting of competing interests is complex and nuanced, and sometimes contentious, and thus anticipated modifying the form on the basis of the feedback received. We are grateful to the many authors, editors, and other interested parties who took the time to comment on the form and its implementation. The matters raised ranged from technical problems about the correct deployment of the form (it requires the user to download the free Adobe 8.0 reader or higher to function) to concerns about the ethics of inquiring about non-financial associations. The committee considered these valuable comments and …

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